Racing event coming in December
The Race Of Champions 2014 will be contested in Barbados.
Word of this came during a Press conference held at Bushy Park yesterday when documents were signed for the staging of the event between chairman of the Bushy Park Circuit Inc. Mark Maloney and Frederick Johnsson, founder of the Race Of Champions (ROC).
The Press conference was also attended by Petra Roach, interim head of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, (BTMI), the president of the Barbados Motoring Federation (BMF) Andrew Mallalieu and co-founder of the Race of Champion and 1982 runner-up in the World Rally Championship Michelle Mouton.
Maloney called the event a major achievement for Barbados and said it would be contested at the newly renovated multi-purpose motor sport facility, Bushy Park Circuit on December 13 and 14.
Prior to the signing Maloney told the gathering that the Race Of Champions would bring together some of the world’s best drivers from the major motor sports, including Formula 1, the World Rally Championship, Le Mans, Nascar, IndyCar, Touring Cars, X-Games and MotoGP for a unique head-to-head race in identical cars to see who really was the fastest of them all and Barbados would be fielding a team at the event.
He said the composition of the local team was yet to be decided upon and more information in this regard would be given in due course.
He said, too, that after the December event, some of the cars raced at ROC 2014 would stay on at Bushy Park for unique ROC driving experiences on the spectacular parallel track and the new ROC Skills Challenge course which has been specially designed to test a range of driving skills.
Race Of Champions chief executive officer Frederick Johnsson said it would be two days of total entertainment featuring the best drivers in motor sport in the world, while co-founder of the ROC Michelle Mouton said that the event would be a move from a stadium situation to a race track and already excitement was running high over the Barbados event.