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07 November 2012

Karthikeyan and Chandhok to compete at Race of Champions 2012

The Indian racing duo to represent Team India against the likes of Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher at this year's RoC

Amaan Ahmed
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For those of you who aren't very familiar with the Race of Champions, this is an annual season-end race between the world's most highly-regarded drivers from various motorsport disciplines like Formula One, MotoGP, Le Mans, World Rally Championship, IndyCar and X-Games. If you're wondering why you've heard so rarely about it before, is because there haven't been any Indian racers competing in the past.

This year though, things are slightly different. For the first time ever, India will be competing in the RoC 2012, and Team India's drivers of choice are also India's only drivers with proper Formula One experience - Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok.

At the Race of Champions' 25th anniversary, Team India will have to battle it out with some of the motorsport world's greatest names - reigning Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo and IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, firstly in the RoC Nations Cup on December 15 which will be followed by the individual Race of Champions on December 16. This will be a test of pure driving skill, for all participants will be driving similar cars, so it won't be as lopsided as a Red Bull F1 car whizzing past an HRT.

Karthikeyan, visibly gladdened at the opportunity, said, "The competition is the strongest in the world, with only the best of the best from many different forms of motor sport all competing against each other. The added benefit of representing your country is a real privilege, and one which I have done before in my career, so I know how special that feels."

"Karun and I are definitely going to enjoy ourselves, racing against our peers in some pretty cool machinery, but we will also be gunning for victory, and with a bit of luck, we will bring glory to our nation", he concluded.

The very first time for India at the Race of Champions. Think Team India stands a chance? Let the opinions flow, TopGearers.

Tags: roc, race of champions, karun chandhok, narain karthikeyan

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