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Live coverage of The Race of Champions to be broadcast on Eurosport and online through Freecaster – Action to be broadcast daily in Europe from 12:00 GMT, 13:00 CET – CCTV5 showing all three days of action live in China Motorsport fans around the world will get the chance to watch the biggest ever Race of Champions live on TV or on their computers, after organisers confirmed that the event will be broadcast live on TV channels across the world, as well as online through www.raceofchampions.com and www.freecaster.tv.

The three-day event will be held in Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium from Monday 2 to Wednesday 4 November and, like the 2008 Olympics, the time difference means that most of the action will take place during the European afternoon. “This is the first time The Race of Champions has been held outside Europe, and we don’t want fans to miss out on live coverage,”said Fredrik Johnsson, President of event organisers IMP. “As well as the TV companies who will show the event around the world, the online broadcast, which was extremely popular last year, means that if viewers can’t get to a TV, they can watch the action live action wherever they are.

“The Race of Champions 2009 begins with ROC China on Monday 2 November, where China’s top racers will compete to see who represents the country in The ROC Nations Cup on Tuesday. The ROC Nations Cup will feature drivers put into pairs based on their nationality, with each team battling to prove they are the fastest nation. In The Race of Champions itself, on Wednesday 4 November, all the top drivers will fight against each other to see who is crowned the “Champion of Champions”. All days of the event are broadcast live on www.raceofchampions.com, with action starting each day at 20:00 local time in China, which is 12:00 GMT and 13:00 CET.

Drivers confirmed for this year’s event include newly-crowned F1 World Champion Jenson Button, seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher, eight-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen and five-time MotoGP Champion Mick Doohan. Any media interested in broadcasting the event through their website should contact [email protected] Other ROC news, 2008 AMA Supercross and 2009 National Motocross Champion Chad Reed will step in as Mick Doohan’s Australian Team-mate in The Race of Champions. Jamie Whincup decided not to attend due to concerns it may affect his chances of winning a second consecutive V8 Supercar Championship.

Worldwide television coverage confirmed for ROC 2009 so far:

Worldwide www.raceofchampions.com

– Live coverage of The ROC Nations Cup & The Race of Champions Europe Eurosport

– Live coverage, delayed coverage plus highlights of The ROC Nations Cup & The Race of Champions Middle East Al Jazeera Sport

– Live coverage plus highlights of The ROC Nations Cup & The Race of Champions Asia Eurosport Asia

– Live coverage, delayed coverage plus highlights of The ROC Nations Cup & The Race of Champions South America ESPN International

– Highlights of The Race of Champions Pacific ESPN International

– Highlights of The Race of Champions Australia Network Ten

– Delayed coverage plus highlights of The ROC Nations Cup & The Race of Champions ESPN International

– Highlights of The Race of Champions Brazil Sport TV

– Live coverage of The ROC Nations Cup & The Race of Champions China CCTV5

– Live coverage of ROC China, The ROC Nations Cup & The Race of Champions Finland MTV3

– Live coverage of The ROC Nations Cup & The Race of Champions France Eurosport France

– Live coverage, delayed coverage, plus highlights of The ROC Nations Cup & The Race of Champions Great Britain British Eurosport

– Live coverage, delayed coverage, plus highlights of The ROC Nations Cup & The Race of Champions Iceland 365

– Live coverage of The ROC Nations Cup & The Race of Champions USA Discovery Channel

– Highlights of The Race of Champions and delayed coverage of ROC Nations Cup

Editors’ Notes Photos are available on www.raceofchampions.com Alternatively you can E-mail [email protected]

The Race of Champions was started in 1988 by Fredrik Johnsson and Michele Mouton, the world’s most successful female rally driver. The event has traditionally moved from venue to venue around the world, being most recently held at the Stade de France in Paris (2004-2006) and Wembley Stadium in London (2007-2008). The 2009 event will take place in The Beijing National Stadium from Monday 2 to Wednesday 4 November, on a specially constructed asphalt circuit. The Race of Champions 2009 will be made up of three separate competitions – ROC China, The ROC Nations Cup and The Race of Champions itself. Each competition pits drivers against each other in a head-to-head format, with equal equipment ensuring races are won and lost on talent alone.

ROC China will decide which drivers represent the host country in The ROC Nations Cup, which takes place the following day. The ROC Nations Cup features drivers paired into teams based on their nationality. In 2009, a group stage will decide which four teams progress to the semi-finals, when a best-of-three knockout competition will determine who makes it to the final. Last year Team Germany (Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel) beat Team Scandinavia (Tom Kristensen and Mattias Ekstrom) in the final to win The ROC Nations Cup for a second consecutive year.

In The Race Of Champions individual drivers go head-to-head until the champion is decided. In 2009, a group stage will be held to decide the final eight drivers, before the traditional knockout format resumes for the quarter-finals. In last year’s Final, Sebastien Loeb beat David Coulthard in the third race of a best-of-three battle. Drivers confirmed for The Race of Champions 2009 include: Seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher (Team Germany) Formula 1 World Championship leader Jenson Button (Team Autosport Great Britain) Red Bull Racing F1 race winner Sebastian Vettel (Team Germany) World Rally Championship leader Mikko Hirvonen (Team Finland) 13-time Formula 1 Grand Prix Winner David Coulthard (Team All Stars) Five-time MotoGP Champion Mick Doohan (Team Australia) Eight-time Le Mans 24 Hour Winner Tom Kristensen (Team Scandinavia) Triple World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx (Team Autosport Great Britain) Double World Rally Champion Marcus Gronholm (Team Finland) Double DTM Champion and two-time Race of Champions winner Mattias Ekstrom (Team Scandinavia) World Touring Car Champion Yvan Muller (Team France) 10 time X Games Gold Medallist Travis Pastrana (Team USA) 2008 AMA Supercross Champion Chad Reed (Team Australia) Two-time Formula Drift National Champion Tanner Foust (Team USA) 2009 Dakar Rally Winner Giniel de Villiers (Team All Stars) 2009 FIA Cross-Country Cup Winner Guerlain Chicherit (Team France) For media enquiries call Paul Rayner on +86 152 1042 7721 or email [email protected]

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