London: The Race Of Champions is to feature its first female competitor as Williams F1 development driver Susie Wolff has signed up for the 2014 edition at the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados on December 13-14.
Originally from Oban in Scotland, Wolff spent seven years racing in Germany's DTM touring car series before taking over as development driver for the Williams in April 2012. She made her first Formula 1 race weekend appearances earlier this year, taking part in free practice sessions at Silverstone and Hockenheim.
Now Wolff has the chance to return to competitive racing as she takes on a line-up of driving greats from all over the world at ROC 2014. Drivers already confirmed include nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen, F1's Romain Grosjean (reigning ROC Champion of Champions), 2014 Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, Australian V8 Supercar great Jamie Whincup and 2014 FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg. The rest of the field will be announced in the run-up to December's event.
"I'm so looking forward to racing again," said Wolff. "I have a full-time job at Williams, which is great, but nothing can replace the adrenaline of racing and I can't wait to get that back. So I'm proud to have been chosen to take part in the Race Of Champions and I'm looking forward to racing against some of the top-rated drivers in the world."
The Race Of Champions, which has been held for over 25 years, brings together the world's greatest drivers from motor sport's major disciplines including Formula 1, World Rally, Le Mans, MotoGP, NASCAR, IndyCar, Touring Cars and the X-Games.