David Coulthard launches Race of Champions at Olympic Stadium
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Move over, Silverstone. The likes of Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel could soon be getting behind the wheel in Stratford.
The Olympic Stadium is set to host its fastest ever race later this year as some of the best drivers show off their skills in the Race of Champions.
The annual end-of-season contest sees drivers from a range of motor sport disciplines go head-to-head in identical machinery.
Held for more than 25 years, the Race of Champions is returning to London after a seven year hiatus, with Wembley Stadium last holding the event in 2008.
Since then, it has toured the globe, with races taking place in Bangkok, Dusseldorf and Beijing.
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Last year’s winner in Barbados, David Coulthard, was the first to check out the Olympic Stadium when he visited last week.
The former Formula 1 driver said it was “fantastic” that he could bid to retain his trophy on home turf.
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He said: “Each of the events has been special in its own way but with so much racing heritage in the UK and as a Brit myself, to host it here in an iconic venue like the Olympic Stadium is a big deal.”
The two-day event, on November 20 and 21, begins with the Nations Cup, where drivers from disciplines including Formula 1, Nascar, MotoGP and IndyCar will pair up by nationality in a bid to be crowned the world’s fastest nation.
The next day is the main event, where teamwork is forgotten and a series of knock-out rounds see drivers aim for individual glory.
While this year’s line-up has not been confirmed, Formula 1 stars Vettel and Button have been among the big names competing in previous years.
Coulthard, 44, added: “I’m proud yet slightly embarrassed to have won it last year.
“There are younger and more talented drivers who take part but that’s the nature of the system.”
He urged anyone who wanted to “rediscover the reason why they enjoy motor sport” to come along.
“The stadium environment is what makes it special,” he said.
“You look down on the cars from the grandstands so it gives you a view you wouldn’t get in many venues.”
Tickets cost from £24 and are available at raceofchampions.com