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DTM Champion Becomes Latest ROC Recruit

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2011 DTM Champion Martin Tomczyk - Photo Credit: ITR

 

2011 DTM Champion Martin Tomcyk has become the latest driver to sign up for the 2011 Race of Champions, which will take place in his homeland Germany, at Düsseldorf's ESPRIT arena

Tomczyk dominated the German touring car series this season; sealing the title a meeting early. The German took three wins and four other podiums in the first nine races to become the first driver to take the title in year-old machinery.

The ROC will see Tomczyk come up against DTM team-mate Mattias Ekstrom and triple WTCC champion Andy Priaulx, who is set to join DTM next year with BMW. Due to a clash of commitments, Tomczyk won't take part in the ROC Nations Cup on December 3rd, instead only appearing in the individual ROC event the next day.

Tomczyk said: “Only the world's best racing drivers are invited to contest the Race Of Champions. So the fact that I have qualified to join this illustrious circle as DTM champion makes me rather proud. The permanent switching from one vehicle to another looks like one of the biggest challenges at the Race Of Champions. I'm really curious to find out how it will feel to race rally cars, open buggies and anything else that has got four wheels and is fun to drive.

“My friend and fellow Audi driver Mattias Ekström – who has won the Race Of Champions several times – told me that the ROC in Düsseldorf will be anything but a show event. Yes, the drivers are relaxed and have a lot of fun together. But from the moment when the top stars from Formula 1, World Rally Championship and all the other series put their helmets on the fun is over and we will be fighting for every single centimetre. I will definitely give my very best in the battle for the title 'Champion of Champions'.”

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