It was earlier in 2012 that Team India first made its appearance at ROC with the same pair participating, which got India the crown of ROC Asia Champions, beating China, Japan and Thailand with four wins out of six. Both Chandhok and Karthikeyan are excited about this upcoming race and representing India as they are also eager to compete with world champions like Michael Schumacher and Sébastian Ogier.
Both racers will get a chance to drive in a variety of cars and have gained more experience and are more confident of their performance since their first appearance at ROC 2012. Karun Chandhok was excited to return to the ROC and his happy to be back with more experience in hand. He said: “I’m very excited to be going back to Bangkok for the Race Of Champions. Narain and I had a great time together last year and it was fantastic to be the first ROC Asia winners. ROC is a unique event from a competitive and social perspective and it’s something that every driver looks forward to. It was really nice to drive such a variety of cars and we both have more experience this year and know a bit more about how it all works. The chance to spend time with such a great mix of drivers from a huge variety of championships around the world is a lot of fun and I hope we once again get a good crowd at the stadium.”
Narain Karthikeyan was excited at the prospect of going head-to-head with elite list of world champions that compete in the ROC. He added: “It will be a great privilege to represent India again at the Race Of Champions. We had a great time at our first attempt when we won ROC Asia but it is always a challenge to jump into different cars and adapt quickly. However, with the experience of the 2012 event behind us, we feel more confident and better prepared this time. As always, going head to head with world champions like Michael Schumacher and Sébastian Ogier is something we’re looking forward to.”
ROC 2013 will be conducted on a specially constructed tarmac track with two parallel lanes going all around Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium. National Cup is scheduled for Saturday, December 14 while individual Race of Champions will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2013. The racers include Michael Schumacher, Tom Kristensen and Sébastien Ogier while the rest of the lineup will be confirmed in due course.