Palmer set to take to the track with racing royalty
Rising star Palmer has been invited to race on the televised event’s head-to-head circuit against champions from a wide variety of disciplines, including Formula One, the World Endurance Championship, World Touring Car Championship, IndyCar, NASCAR, and MotoGP.
The 23-year-old’s notable rivals at the 26th running of the Race Of Champions will include nine-times Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen, this year’s Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, five-time Grand Prix Motorcycle World Champion Mick Doohan, 13-time F1 Grand Prix winner David Coulthard, and reigning ROC Champion of Champions and Grand Prix driver Romain Grosjean.
Palmer, from Southwater, will tackle the technical rally-style course in a wide variety of cars, including an Audi R8 GT3 and a lightweight Ariel Atom.
Palmer’s invitation follows a dream season in which he dominated the GP2 Championship, scoring four wins, 12 podium finishes, and the most points in series history. This record-breaking GP2 campaign recently earned him his first F1 test, with the Sahara Force India team.
He said: “It’s been a dream year for me in GP2 and finishing as the champion is the absolute crowning glory. Last week’s Formula 1 test was amazing too and now I’m thrilled to be invited to the Race Of Champions.
“It looks like a great event: at this time of year it’s nice to see all the top guys going for it in a no-pressure situation. The competitive part will of course come when I put the helmet on but I’m looking forward to being part of the show and having fun out there.
‘’The line-up contains plenty of legends in their own field, which is what makes it such a special event – to see Mick Doohan competing against the likes of Tom Kristensen, Jamie Whincup [V8 Supercars], F1 drivers and other champions.
“The cars seem great fun to drive as well, with a lot of power and the chance to slide them around. Making quick switches between them is something you don’t often get to do so it will be a driving challenge.
“And I’ve never been to Barbados before so I’m looking forward to that too. It’s a fantastic way to end a successful season.”