LATEST:

Ricciardo faces Hulkenberg in ROC opener

Speedcafe.com

Wednesday 18th November, 2015 - 11:57am

Share:

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo will kick off his Race of Champions campaign against Force India star Nico Hulkenberg at London’s Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

The annual event that pitches global motorsport stars against each other in a variety of different machinery has announced the line ups for the opening rounds of the competition.

Although not unprecedented, this year’s Race of Champions will be held before the close of the Formula 1 season.

However, unlike previous seasons cars will start half a lap apart rather than side-by-side similar to Olympic track cycling races.

Ricciardo’s clash against reigning Le Mans 24 hour winner Hulkenberg is one of two all Formula 1 opening match ups with McLaren’s Jenson Button due to take on Williams‘ Felipe Massa.

The Red Bull star will also face Sebastian Vettel in the Nations Cup when Team Australia kick off against Team Germany on Friday afternoon.

Saturday’s individual quarter finals will also see Vettel face World Rallycross champion Petter Solberg, while former F1 driver David Coulthard will meet Susie Wolff, competing in her final event before retiring from the sport.

The other half of the draw features match ups between nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen and FIA Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr, and Lotus F1 star Romain Grosjean and double British Touring Car champion Jason Plato.

The event will begin with four Round 1 fixtures on Friday providing an eagerly anticipated race between Australia’s five-time motorcycle world champion Mick Doohan and newly crowned MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo.

Two-time World Touring Car champion Jose Maria Lopez will race IndyCar ace Ryan Hunter Reay with Pascal Wehrlein/Andy Priaulx and Alex Buncombe/Jolyon Palmer races completing the Round 1 schedule.

The winners of these contests will progress to the quarter final stage completing the roster of eight match ups.

Defending Nations Cup champions Team Nordic (Kristensen/Solberg) will take on Team Americas (Hunter-Reay/Lopez).

Race of Champions Draw (Saturday November 21) 

Round 1
José Maria López v Ryan Hunter-Reay (Match A)
Pascal Wehrlein v Andy Priaulx (Match B)
Mick Doohan v Jorge Lorenzo (Match C)
Alex Buncombe v Jolyon Palmer (Match D)

Quarter-finals
Sebastian Vettel v Petter Solberg
Daniel Ricciardo v Nico Hulkenberg
Jenson Button v Felipe Massa
David Coulthard v Susie Wolff
Tom Kristensen v Nelson Piquet Jr
Romain Grosjean v Jason Plato
Winner Match A (López/Hunter-Reay) v Winner Match B (Wehrlein/Priaulx)
Winner Match B (Doohan/Lorenzo) v Winner Match D (Buncombe/Palmer)

Race of Champions Nations Cup (Friday November 20) 

Round 1

Team ALL STARS v Team YOUNG STARS (Match A)
Romain Grosjean v Pascal Wehrlein
Jorge Lorenzo v Jolyon Palmer

Team ENGLAND 1 v Team BRAZIL (Match B)
Andy Priaulx v Nelson Piquet Jr
Jason Plato v Felipe Massa

Quarter-finals

Team NORDIC v Team AMERICAS (Match A)
Tom Kristensen v José Maria López
Petter Solberg v Ryan Hunter-Reay

Team AUSTRALIA v Team GERMANY
Daniel Ricciardo v Sebastian Vettel
Mick Doohan v Nico Hulkenberg

Team ENGLAND 2 v Team SCOTLAND
Alex Buncombe v Susie Wolff
Jenson Button v David Coulthard

Winner Match A v Winner Match B
Grosjean/Wehrlein v Priaulx/Piquet Jr
Lorenzo/Palmer v Plato/Massa

Speedcafe.com comment policy

Speedcafe.com reserves the right to remove comments that are off-topic, abusive and ban users who do not follow the comment policy. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

Some comments may require approval before being published which can take up to 48 hours.

For support, please contact [email protected]

Speedcafe.com has been established to provide a daily motorsport news service to the industry and fans in Australia and internationally.

Read the Speedcafe.com promise
Newsletter

Subscribe to our daily newsletter, the best way to get your news first, fast, and free!