The 2011 Race of Champions event will feature a special ROC Legends tournament between some greats from German and Dutch motorsport, the mini-event running as a prelude to the individual Race of Champions event on Sunday December 4th.
The Legends competition will involve ex-Formula One racers Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Jos Verstappen and Hans-Joachim Stuck, as well as rally legend Armin Schwarz. Each of the drivers will race against each of the others in a round-robin group stage before the top two compete in a head-to-head final. The special tournament will provide a bonus thrill for the spectators in the stadium, who will witness some home heroes in action.
Frentzen said: “I'm really looking forward to competing in the ROC Legends at the Race Of Champions. I had great fun at a previous ROC Legends event in Portugal in 2009. Now that I have just moved back to Germany and DÃ¼sseldorf and the race is taking place in my home town it will be fantastic to compete in front of my family and friends. I can actually see the ESPRIT arena from my house!”
Verstappen commented: “The Race Of Champions is an exceptional event in motorsport with many spectators. It is quite sensational to race in a stadium with so many fans: I have never done it before and I look forward to being competitive in ROC Legends and racing against Frentzen, Stuck and Schwarz.”
ROC race organiser Fredrik Johnsson added: “The Race Of Champions has a long history of legends who have competed since the first event in 1988. As such it's great to have a chance to put on this special show involving a few of the local German and Dutch legends from the recent past. They are all still top racers and their battles are sure to provide first-class entertainment for the ROC fans in the stadium.”