Former F1 champion James Hunt will be one of the inductees into the Motor Sport Hall of Fame during a ceremony next week.

In a break with tradition, the news was announced ahead of the event, which will take place at the Royal Opera House on Wednesday 29 January.

Hunt will be one of four racing legends to be inducted into the Hall of Fame on the night, where he will join the likes of Ayrton Senna, John Surtees, Colin McRae and Giacamo Agostini.

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"James Hunt belongs in rarified company as a great British sporting hero who transcended the arena that made him famous to become a genuine national - if not global - icon," Motor Sport editor Damien Smith said. "During the 1970s you didn't need to be a motor racing fan to know who James Hunt was.

"Clearly, he was a natural star, but the force of his personality sometimes means his ability and achievements as a truly exceptional racing driver are overlooked. That is why we feel it is important that James is made a member of the Motor Sport Hall of Fame.

"It was his competitive instinct, bravery and sheer speed that carried him to the 1976 F1 World Championship, and he fully deserves to join former rivals such as Niki Lauda, Jody Scheckter and Mario Andretti in our exclusive club of legends."