Williams development driver Susie Wolff will become the first female driver to compete in the Race of Champions (ROC) this year.

Wolff will represent Scotland in the ROC, which is set to take place in Barbados on December 13-14. It marks a return to racing for Wolff who has been focused on her work with Williams, making FP1 appearances at both the British and German grands prix this season. As a result, Wolff says she is not setting any targets ahead of the event.

"I'm so looking forward to racing again," said Wolff. "I have a full-time job at Williams, which is great, but nothing can replace the adrenalin of racing and I can't wait to get that back. So I'm proud to have been chosen to take part in the Race Of Champions and I'm looking forward to racing against some of the top-rated drivers in the world.

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"Of course those will be hard guys to beat but as a driver you always want to do the best job you can. Still, I don't yet have any particular expectations because I've never competed at a ROC event before. I've never been to Barbados before either but the middle of December is not exactly the worst time to leave for a sunny destination..."

ROC organiser Fredrik Johnsson said Wolff will be well placed to perform strongly having previously raced in DTM before her more recent Williams role.

"We're very happy that Susie has agreed to take part in this year's Race Of Champions," Johnsson said. "Everyone who follows the world of motor sport will be fascinated to see how she gets on against our field featuring some of the world's best drivers. No doubt Susie's experience in both tin-tops and open-wheeled cars will come in very useful. Now we can all look forward to watching her race in the Barbados heat and we know she will be a firm favourite with the fans in December."

Drivers already confirmed for the event include reigning ROC Champion of Champions Romain Grosjean, nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen, 2014 Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, Australian V8 Supercar great Jamie Whincup and 2014 FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg.


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To compete in an event labelled 'The Race of Champions' wouldn't it be expected that you were a champion first?