I am sure most people, if they feel compelled to read this, will be at least broadly familiar with the concept of the Race of Champions.
First organised in 1988 by former works Audi rally driver Michelle Mouton and Frederik Johnson using a format that would now be recognised as a head to head rally super special stage (only in the same car). In the 1990s it established its reputation by being held on sunny Gran Canaria. As end of term bashes go, it’s not a bad one.
The idea has evolved over the past 28 years, and now instead of being between rally drivers exclusively, the wider racing world has been dragged in. Drivers involved in 2015 will include F1 stars Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Romain Grosjean, Fellipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg. But its not just F1 either as multiple Motorcycle World Champions Jorge Lorenzo and Mick Doohan will compete alongside tin top drivers Susie Wolff, Jason Plato and Le Mans Legend Tom Kristensen, amongst others.
In short, it’s kinda a big deal.
The location has changed, with the sunshine and sangria exchanged for the glitz and noise of a packed Olympic Stadium in London. But the event is bigger than ever and will test the drivers across several road and racing cars, from Ariel Atoms and Audi R8 LMS’s, to the sand buggy like ‘ROC Car’ and Stadium Super Truck (basically a pick up on a LOT of steroids).
The drivers all race in a round robin format, with the top 8 drivers heading in to a knock out competition to decide the Champion of Champions.
This is all well and good you may say, but what exactly does it have to do with us? Well I was just coming to that.
This year, the organisers have created that rarest of beasts – a worthwhile talent competition. They have launched something called ROC Factor, which is designed to increase exposure to drivers from less well known series – and give them the chance to test their mettle against the best.
The link to the website is here, and anyone who has attended a British Hillclimb Championship event in the past 10 years will be very familiar with finalist number 6.
They are asking us to vote for a winner by commenting on the video on their Facebook page . Seeing as we all know how good a peddler Scott Moran is, and will all be dead keen to see him racing against world class drivers at this event (especially given the trash talk that the other finalists seem to be indulging in on their profiles)
It would be great for him and also great for our sport nationwide – it’s time to use social media to share the hell out of it!