Saudi Arabia set to host Race of Champions
17 October 2017 – Race of Champions organisers have announced plans to bring the annual end-of-season motor racing showcase to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In partnership with the General Sports Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the event will be held in early 2018 to celebrate the 2017 motorsport season.
On a yet-to-be-confirmed date, the two-day competition will run inside the 75,000-capacity King Fahd International Stadium in the nation's capital, Riyadh.
It has been stressed that the ROC "will be a family event, open to both genders and feature drivers, exhibitions and activities all suitable for the Kingdom's specific cultural requirements".
"Our organisation is honoured to be working with the President of the General Sports Authority, his Excellency Turki Al-Sheikh, and Sela Sport Chairman, Dr Rakan Hussein, to bring Race Of Champions to the region for the first time in the event's 30-year history," said ROC President Fredrik Johnsson.
"As motorsport's most forward-thinking property ROC is an event perfectly suited to Saudi Arabia, which is emerging as a modern sports market on the global stage.
"With women able to drive in Saudi Arabia from 2018, we feel this is an auspicious moment to be bringing a motorsport event to Riyadh.
"Race Of Champions is more than just a race: it is a truly global contest that includes many of the world's best drivers along with top-quality entertainment for families."
ROC is also finalising its 2018 season finale, which is expected to return to Miami.