Olympic Stars Chris Hoy and Ben Ainslie to feature at Race of Champions


British Olympic sporting icons, Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Ben Ainslie will compete at the 2015 Race of Champions as part of a one-off celebrity skills challenge on Friday 20th November.

The challenge, which will be one of many shows supporting the annual Nations Cup will see them and other competitors take part in a four wheel challenge around chicanes, slaloms and other driving related skills.

The ROC Celebrity Skills Challenge presented by Tag Heuer, will see the pair return to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium for the first time since the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Hoy is no stranger to racing, having partnered Charlie Robertson when they won the LMP3 class of this years European Le Mans Series, with the cycling star planning to compete in motorsports greatest endurance race, the Le Mans 24 Hours, next year.

Hoy said: “London’s former Olympic Stadium obviously holds very happy memories for me ever since the Opening Ceremony in 2012, so I’ll really enjoy returning for the Race Of Champions in November.”

“Of course swapping two wheels for four has been a big challenge at this stage of my career but this year in ELMS could hardly have gone better. The ROC Celebrity Skills Challenge is hopefully a bit more light-hearted but it will be fun to find out whether my efforts on the track can transfer to some of these more tricky, technical manoeuvres.”

“Either way I’ll try to put on a show and I hope we can get some of the famous London 2012 atmosphere going inside a packed stadium on the Friday evening.”

Meanwhile, Ainslie, one of Britain’s most decorated sailors has recently been bidding to bring the America’s Cup back to Britain. The 38 year old also set up his own British Sailing team – Land Rover BAR.

Ainslie said: “I’ve always been very interested in motorsport, and we have looked to our partners Land Rover, along with Formula 1 and other automotive suppliers, for engineers and technology for our team. I’ll be hoping that some of that has rubbed off on me for the Race Of Champions; we want to put on a good show for the crowds next month.”

The Race of Champions is an annual motorsport event that brings together stars from various types of Motorsport with four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel, five time MotoGP champion Mick Doohan and 2014 World RallyCross Champion Petter Solberg already announced for this years competition.