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Baumgartner joins RoC line-up

Sunday 1st December 2013

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Baumgartner joins RoC line-up

Baumgartner joins RoC line-up

Space Dive record-breaker Felix Baumgartner has joined the line-up for this year's Race of Champion, which takes place in Bangkok later this month.

Baumgartner made history - and wowed people while doing so - last year when a live YouTube audience of eight million people watched him jump to earth from 39km up.

He made the fastest freefall ever and in doing so broke the sound barrier.

Now he'll pit himself against some of motor racing's best as he takes on the likes of Michael Schumacher, Tom Kristensen and Mick Doohan.

"I've seen a lot of the Race Of Champions because I've always been really interested in motor sport. My Dad never invested money in it so I moved in a different direction and became a skydiver," he said.

"But I've practised rally driving with a friend and in the last couple of years I've had a lot of invitations to motor sport events so I'm practising and practising and getting better and better. Of course I'm at a very medium level but I'm used to speed, picking things up fast and I'm not scared to compete against the best.

"I like the Race Of Champions concept because nobody really has the chance to practise a lot: you just hop into the car and do your best. Because it's right between F1 and rally driving, whoever wins really is the best overall motor sport competitor.

"Of course everyone is at the top of their game, so I'm the one with the least amount of pressure this time. They all want to show they're the best racing driver in the world, whereas I'm a skydiver... So no one will be expecting very much from me and as long as I don't damage the car and I do a couple of cool laps, everybody's going to say: 'Hey, he's not as bad as we thought he would be!'

"I'm looking forward to it and I'm sure I'm going to learn a lot from it. The more I can learn, the better."

This year's Race of Champions takes place at Bangkok's Rajamangala Stadium on December 14-15.

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