Race of Champions returning in 2022 – on ice

Date published: January 22 2021

Race of Champions

The Race of Champions, which pits racers from different series against one another, will return in 2022 and, to add to the challenge, will take place on ice.

The last Race of Champions took place in 2019 with Benito Guerra taking the victory while the Nordic team of Johan Kristoffersson and Tom Kristensen won the Nations’ Cup.

2020 saw an online addition with Timmy Hansen winning that.

The Race will return to the track in 2022, although this time the track will be ice.

The 2022 edition will take place on a specially-designed circuit built on the frozen Baltic Sea at Pite Havsbad just 60 miles from the Arctic Circle.

“After organising the Race Of Champions in some of the most prestigious venues like the Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing, Stade de France in Paris, Wembley Stadium and London’s Olympic Stadium, it is a huge honour to be able to bring our event to my home country Sweden for the first time,” said Race Of Champions President and co-founder, Fredrik Johnsson.

“At ROC we are always looking for ways to put new exciting tests in front of some of the world’s top race drivers. In the past, that might have been a very tight track inside a stadium, but this time we will be able to build a longer, wider more spectacular track.

“The event will be unlike anything we are used to seeing and be one of the ultimate tests of a driver’s car control.”

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The line up for the event has yet to be announced with previous editions featuring drivers from Formula 1, such as Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button, alongside competitors from Le Mans, Nascar, IndyCar, World Rally and Rallycross.

Kristoffersson, the 2019 ROC Nations Cup Champion, has already had his first taste of the first ever ROC Snow and Ice track.

“It is so much fun driving around this ROC track, sliding the car through the wide corners. It will be a true challenge but I think all the drivers will love it,” Kristoffersson said.

“Participating in Race Of Champions in Mexico in 2019 was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and to now be able to do it here in my home country is going to be even more special.”

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