Ricoh Arena Targets 2014 Race Of Champions

The Ricoh Arena has launched a campaign to bring the Race of Champions back to the UK later this year.

The Coventry stadium is on a nine venue shortlist to host the event, with a poll on the Race of Champions website allowing people from across the globe to choose the location for the 2014 event.

Alongside the Ricoh Arena, the shortlist includes the Maracana Stadium in Brazil, Paris’ Stade de France, Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados and the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

The Race of Champions was last held in the UK in 2007 and 2008 at Wembley Stadium, with other sixty thousand motorsport fans attending the popular end-of-season event, which pits motorsport drivers from across all disciplines against each other in a unique knockout competition.

The last running of the event in 2012, held in Bangkok, saw the overall title won by F1 star Romain Grosjean, while F1 world champions Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel took Team Germany to the Nations’ Cup honours.

“This year the Ricoh Arena has a fantastic opportunity to host motor sport’s big end-of-season finale: the Race Of Champions,” said Jack Isaac, Ricoh Arena CEO.

“After the event taking place at Wembley Stadium, Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium, the Stade de France in Paris, the National Stadium in Bangkok and many other prestigious venues, we are one of the final candidates still in the running to host the 2014 event.

“It would be a massive coup for the Midlands and the Ricoh Arena to host the Race Of Champions. We know we have the facilities, the infrastructure, the partnerships and experience to deliver a great event.

“It would be simply amazing but we need your support!”

Everyone who votes in the poll has a chance to win prizes including a TAG Heuer watch and Race of Champions merchandise, as well as the opportunity to secure seats at a reduced price if the Ricoh Arena wins.

You can vote on the Race of Champions website by clicking here, and tweet your support with #ROCToRicohArena.