Kristensen and Kristoffersson Team-up for ROC Mexico

by Connor Jackson

It will be a record equalling fifteenth Race of Champions appearance for Tom Kristensen as the Dane once again returns to the Race of Champions, being held in Mexico’s Foro Sol stadium.

The nine-time Le Mans winner will once again be partnering a Nordic driver for the ROC Nation’s Cup, with defending FIA World RallyCross champion Johan Kristoffersson joining him for the event that takes place on 19-20 January 2019.

Kristoffersson will be making his second appearance at the competition, having made his debut earlier this year in Saudi Arabia. In the Drivers Cup, he made it through to the Semi-Finals, eventually being knocked out by WRX rival Petter Solberg.

Solberg has been a regular in the competition and Kristensen’s ROC teammate since 2014.

“I’ve been coming to the Race Of Champions for so long, it remains the one exception to my status as a ‘retired’ driver. ROC is a very special event and I am always very honoured to take part.” said Kristensen.

“The challenge is to race against top drivers from a wide range of motor sport series. It is a lot of fun to take on the young guns too, and I’m especially looking forward to teaming up with Johan on Team Nordic. I first met him in Gotland in Sweden when he was still a boy – and I’ve followed his impressive career with great interest ever since.”

Despite his years of experience, Kristensen has yet to take home the Individual title, finishing runner-up five times, a point he hopes to rectify this winter.

Kristoffersson also commented; “I’m super excited to be back at the Race Of Champions for the second year. Last year was a good experience with some good battles before I was beaten by my rallycross team-mate Petter Solberg, so this year I’m out for revenge!”

“It’s a big challenge to compete against some of the best drivers in the world, but the aim is still to come out on top. Most importantly I will have fun and enjoy the racing.”

Defending champion David Coulthard and 2015 winner Sebastian Vettel have previously been announced, with Vettel also partnering up with ROC rookie Mick Schumacher.

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