Lotus F1 driver Romain Grosjean has confirmed that he will defend his Race of Champions title after becoming the first name on the 2014 entry list.

The Frenchman, who has been reigning RoC champion since 2012 thanks to the cancellation of last year's all-star event in Thailand, will be joined at the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados by Le Mans ace Tom Kristensen, the man he beat to claim the crown last time out.

Grosjean made a difficult F1 debut in 2009, but returned to the top flight two years later and has gone on to secure nine podium finishes with the Lotus team. With the 2014 campaign proving to be something of a struggle for the Frenchman, however, thoughts are sure to have returned to the hot evening in Bangkok when he took the RoC Champion of Champions crown after beating multiple F1 world champions Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher en route to his meeting with Kristensen.

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"I'm very happy to be back at the Race of Champions once more!" Grosjean confirmed, "It's such a pleasant event where all the drivers race at 100 per cent but we can also have a lot of fun off the track.

"Coming back this year is even more special to me as I won the 'Champion of Champions' title at the last race. I'm looking forward to racing in Barbados as I know they are huge fans of motorsport. This year, however, we will also do all we can to win the RoC Nations Cup as it's always special to race for your country."

While Grosjean's team-mate in the French line-up has yet to be announced, Denmark's Kristensen has confirmed that he will return for yet another crack at the RoC crown. The sportscar ace has appeared at every Race of Champions since 2001 and reached the last two individual Grand Finals.

Acknowledged as the finest endurance racer in motorsport history, his record of nine wins at the Le Mans 24 Hours is unsurpassed, while he can also point to an unmatched six wins at the Sebring 12 Hours, an American Le Mans Series title and a first FIA World Endurance Championship crown last year.

"I keep coming back to the Race of Champions because it is such a special event and a unique chance to race such a wide range of drivers from all the different types of motorsport," Kristensen explained, "We enjoy ourselves off the track but give everything on it - and it seems I'm getting closer to winning every year. No doubt we'll all enjoy the warmth of Barbados so I'll look forward to putting on a good show for all the race fans from the Caribbean and elsewhere. Who knows, maybe this will be my year..."