Eight time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen has signed up for the 2011 Race of Champions event, the Danish racer's eleventh consecutive appearance in the end of season event.
Kristensen has the longest run of ROC appearances, dating back to 2001 when it was held in Gran Canaria. The 44 year old will compete in the Nations Cup for Team Nordic alongside Mattias EkstrÃ¶m, the duo having enjoyed success together in the past, winning the Nations Cup in 2005 and reaching the final again in 2008. The 05 event in Paris also saw him reach the individual grand final.
Kristensen said: “The Race Of Champions is a great event: that's why I keep coming back! I always enjoy partnering Mattias in the ROC Nations Cup too: we don't usually compete against such a wide range of opponents in our normal professional life so to have a chance to race against such talented drivers is fantastic. What's particularly nice is to see everyone enjoying themselves off the track. It's also fun to jump in and out of different fast cars in front of such an enthusiastic public. You can really hear them in the cockpit over the noise of the enginesâ€¦”
ROC race organiser Fredrik Johnsson addedd: “We're delighted that Tom keeps coming back to the Race Of Champions. He's a genuine legend who has dominated his area of motor sport for over a decade. Tom's a great crowd-pleaser in the stadium and I'm sure that he and Mattias will be a big threat to Team Germany and the other pairings in the ROC Nations Cup.”