WTCC heroes López and Priaulx complete Race Of Champions entry

WTCC heroes López and Priaulx complete Race Of Champions entry

13/11/2015 11:50

FIA World Touring Car title winners past and present, José Maria López and Andy Priaulx, will contest the Race Of Champions in London next week when they will go up against a host of Formula One stars including Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel.

Citroën ace López (pictured) made it back-to-back WTCC titles* with his ninth victory of the season in Thailand earlier this month, while Priaulx lifted the first of his three consecutive WTCC crowns in 2005 driving for BMW.

“This has been another great year for me and this invitation to the Race Of Champions is the perfect way to cap it off,” said López, who can add to his 20 WTCC wins when the season concludes in Qatar from 26-27 November. “This year the pressure was on and the competition with my team-mates was harder than ever so to win the championship three races early was an amazing result. Now I can look forward to racing my fellow champions next week in London. The line-up is amazing with great drivers from all over the world so we now look forward to putting on a great show for the crowds.”

Priaulx added: “What a great way to end a busy season – joining all my fellow champions in a fun head-to-head battle. Same cars, same track: it will be an epic challenge. I love this event.”

In addition to Button and Vettel, other top names in action include David Coulthard, Mick Doohan, Romain Grosjean, Nico Hülkenberg, Tom Kristensen, Jorge Lorenzo, Felipe Massa, Nelson Piquet Jr, Daniel Ricciardo and Petter Solberg.

They will go head-to-head in a variety of machinery at London’s former Olympic Stadium from 20-21 November with the ROC Nations Cup taking place on Friday 20 November 20 followed by the Race Of Champions on the Saturday afternoon when the ‘Champion of Champions’ will be crowned.

López will partner Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay in the Team Americas ROC Nations Cup line-up, while Priaulx will represent Team England 1 along with double British Touring Car champion Jason Plato.

*All results remain subject to official FIA confirmation

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