Stuvik, Tin gun for shot at Schumi, Vettel
Sandy Stuvik and Tin Sritrai will represent Thailand in the Red Bull Singha Race of Champions to be hosted here for the first time, from December 14 to 16 at the Rajamangala National Stadium.
ThaiNorwegian Stuvik, 17, who won the 2010 Asian Formula Renault championship, will team up with this year's Super Car Thailand Championship winner Tin, backed by Singha. The duo will compete against another yet-to-be-named Thai team under the Red Bull banner for a berth in the Race of the Champions alongside international stars from Formula 1, Le Mans and Indy Car.
The winning Thai team will drive against motorsport greats such as Germany's seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher, his compatriot and winner of the last three F1 races Sebastian Vettel, Indy Car Series champion Ryan HunterReay of the USA, V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup and fivetime 500cc MotoGP world champion Mick Doohan of Australia.
Thailand was selected to host the 25th Race of Champions for only its second trip outside Europe.
The event will take place over three days - the Race Of Champions Asia Cup for Asian car racers on December 14, the ROC Nations Cup on December 15 and the individual Race of Champions on December 16.
"We urge all of you to come and watch this international competition," Sports Authority of Thailand governor Kanokphan Chulakasem said.
"There has never been such an event in Thailand. We are expecting motorsports fans from all over the world to arrive in Bangkok and help boost the Thai economy."
Yamaha Motor is also negotiating with MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo to make an appearance.
"ROC has worked with the Thai team for over a month, starting with strategic planning, logistics, liaison and all the other necessary groundwork," said Fredrik Johnsson, president of the Race Of Champions. "The Rajamangala National Stadium will be turned into a Race Of Champions track, starting in the first week of December. It usually takes five days to complete. Then, after the event, the stadium will return completely back to normal."
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