The Race of Champions takes place over two days in Sweden, on January 28 and 29. To represent the French team, Sébastien Loeb and Adrien Tambay will team up.
Nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb will join reigning FIA World Cup for eTouring Cars champion Adrien Tambay in the Race of Champions on snow and ice in Pite Havsbad, Sweden, on January 28 and 29, 2023.
Loeb and Tambay associated with the ROC
The news means Loeb will return to defend the ROC Champion of Champions crown he won last year at the same stunning venue on the frozen Baltic Sea, after prevailing in the Grand Final against the four-time F1 World Champion. , Sebastian Vettel. It was Loeb’s fourth ROC win, a record he shares with Frenchman Didier Auriol. Now Loeb has the chance to become the first driver to win the individual ROC event five times if he can repeat his feat on Swedish ice.
Ahead of the Individual Race Of Champions on Sunday January 29, Loeb will partner fellow Frenchman Adrien Tambay as part of the France squad in the ROC Nations Cup on Saturday January 28, in which riders will partner by team according to their nationality to try to win the title of « World’s Fastest Nation ».
To achieve this, the French team will have to face the big names in motorsport from around the world, in particular the Nordic nations who may feel more at home in Pite Havsbad, just 100 km from the Arctic Circle.
These include reigning champions from Team Norway, world rally stars Petter and Oliver Solberg, two-time Formula 1 World Champion from Team Finland Mika Häkkinen and Valtteri Bottas, as well as five-time Champion of World Rallycross, Johan Kristoffersson, who hopes to excite the local public by winning his first ROC Nations Cup for the Swedish team.
The 2023 ROC team also includes Germany’s Sebastian Vettel and fellow countryman Mick Schumacher, extreme sports legend Travis Pastrana and rallycross ace Tanner Foust from Team USA, as well as 13-time Grand Prix winner David Coulthard. of F1, and Jamie Chadwick, three-time W Series champion. There is also Tom Kristensen, « Monsieur Le Mans », Felipe Drugovich, reigning FIA Formula 2 champion, Felix Rosenqvist, IndyCar driver, and Thierry Neuville, star of world rallies.
I have so many fond memories of the Race Of Champions, 20 years ago. It’s always great to find all the other drivers in such a pleasant atmosphere. In the race we have to adapt to all the cars, which becomes even more difficult when you are faced with snow and ice in Sweden.
It’s not easy to compete against all the guys from the Nordics who know these conditions so well, so I was happy last year to find out that I still had the pace! It was a fun battle with Seb in the final, and I would like to go all the way this year. It will also be nice to join Adrien Tambay for the France team in the ROC Nations Cup. I hope we can achieve a French double.
I am very honored and proud to participate in my first Race Of Champions. It’s one of the competitions I loved to watch on TV as a kid. It is the only event that allows the best drivers from different series to compete in a very special, sporty and friendly way at the same time.
This time it will be on ice and snow, which is something I will definitely enjoy, so let’s see if I can do it against riders who are the kings of the surface. I can’t wait to enjoy these moments and head-to-head battles with some of motorsport’s greatest legends, including some of my childhood heroes!