Wolff teams up with Coulthard for ROC

Wolff teams up with Coulthard for ROC

5 November 2013 – Susie Wolff will partner fellow Scot David Coulthard for Team GB at this year’s Race Of Champions event in Bangkok, it has been announced.

Wolff, who spent seven years racing in the DTM and who is now the development driver for the Williams F1 team, will become the first female driver ever to tackle the annual extravaganza this December, which brings together the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s main disciplines – including F1, World Rally, Le Mans, MotoGP, NASCAR, IndyCar, Touring Cars and the X-Games – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery.

“Any driver would love to be invited to do the Race Of Champions,” said Wolff. “It’s an event I have watched as far back as I can remember. What is so exciting is that the cars race head-to-head and you can see how close it is: it always comes down to hundredths. Jumping in and out of the different cars is going to be the real challenge. You need to make sure your car control is as good as it can be because you don’t have time to get a proper feeling for the car, you just get in and go.

“Then there’s the ROC Nations Cup, where I certainly feel responsibility to make sure we do well as a nation. I know David from our time in DTM and I rate him really highly so to be part of the team alongside him makes me very proud. Of course we’ll be up against drivers who are absolutely at the top of their game. So I know it’s not going to be easy but I’m relishing the challenge.”

The news has been warmly welcomed by Michèle Mouton, the world’s most successful female rally driver, who created the Race Of Champions with ROC President Fredrik Johnsson.

“As co-founder of the Race Of Champions and chairwoman of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission – Susie has been our Ambassador since 2012 – it is a pleasure to see her participating in ROC’s 26th edition in Bangkok,” said Mouton.

“In competition Susie is reluctant to play the female card and only wants to be considered as a racing driver who simply fights to fulfil her dream of driving in F1, working hard to improve and perform well for her team. The main difficulty at ROC is to be able to quickly adapt your driving skills on different types of cars in a short time and I am convinced that Susie will do her very best!”

Coulthard meanwhile is looking forward to the event and teaming up with Wolff: “It’s always a pleasure to take part in the Race Of Champions – and this time will be no exception with my new team-mate Susie. Our paths have already crossed on the track in the DTM and now we have a chance to race together for Team GB, or should that be Team Scotland.

“There will be some strong partnerships in Bangkok but at this event one small mistake can make or break everything.

“You never want to let your team-mate down so we’ll do our best to put Scotland firmly back at the centre of the motor sport map. My age might be starting to catch up with my racing but my run to the individual semi-finals last year reassures me that experience can still pay off,” he added.

DC and Wolff are the latest names to be confirmed for ROC 2013, with the likes of Michael Schumacher, Tom Kristensen, Jamie Whincup and Sébastien Ogier already signed up.

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