By Tahani Karrar
The prestigious annual auto racing event, which is open to both male and female drivers, will be held in Riyadh in early 2018
Race Of Champions (ROC) said this week it plans to bring the prestigious annual auto racing event, which is open to male and female drivers, to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in partnership with the country’s General Sports Authority.
“With women able to drive in Saudi Arabia from 2018, we feel this is an auspicious moment to be bringing a motorsport event to Riyadh. Race Of Champions is more than just a race: it is a truly global contest that includes many of the world’s best drivers along with top-quality entertainment for families,” said Fredrik Johnsson, Race Of Champions President.
The General Sports Authority confirmed that Race Of Champions will be a family event, open to both genders and feature drivers, exhibitions and activities all suitable for the Kingdom’s specific cultural requirements.
The two-day event will be held in early 2018 at King Fahd International Stadium in the nation’s capital, Riyadh. The likes of Formula 1, Le Mans, IndyCar and Rallycross will all be represented in ROC’s unique head-to-head competition to determine the next Champion of Champions.
The 75,000-capacity King Fahd International Stadium will join a list of prestigious venues to have hosted ROC that include Beijing’s Bird’s Nest and London’s Olympic stadiums, the iconic Stade de France in Paris and Wembley Stadium in London, plus Miami’s Marlins Park - the event’s first North American destination.