Barbados to host Race Of Champions 2014

Barbados has fought off competition from around the world to host the Race of Champions in December 2014.

Bushy Park Circuit, which has hosted a round of Global RallyCross will host the event on the 13th and 14th of December which sees motorsport aces from a number of disciplines compete against each other in a variety of different vehicles.

Interestingly it is the first time in quite a while that ROC has been held on an actual track, in the past the event has been held in sport stadiums which has seen a temporary track laid on the pitch.

Choosing the Barbados track was down to an internet vote in which event organisers allowed users to vote for the track they want to see host the event and Bushy Park was the clear winner.

ROC organiser Fredrik Johnsson said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response to our Venue Vote over the past few weeks. We received over 14,000 votes for a mix of different stadiums and circuits all over the world – which will join our list of venues under consideration for future ROC events. As for 2014, the Bushy Park Circuit was one of the most popular venues in our vote and we are very excited to be heading to Barbados as we assemble some of the world’s greatest drivers for another festival of motor sport and entertainment.

“Hosting ROC at a circuit marks a break from our last ten years of stadium events but this is a throwback to our long-time home at Gran Canaria, which hosted the Race Of Champions from 1992 to 2003. We will certainly return to stadium events in the future but for 2014 we will take advantage of the available space to build a truly spectacular ROC parallel track at Bushy Park. We now look forward to seeing a packed house for a guaranteed weekend of thrills in December.”