Jolyon Palmer is the latest name to be announced as taking part in this year's Race of Champions in Barbados.

GP2 champion Palmer will make his debut at the Race of Champions [ROC] which takes place at Bushy Park in Barbados from December 13-14. Having won the GP2 title with a round to spare - the first driver to do so since fellow ROC racer Romain Grosjean in 2011 - Palmer tested an F1 car for the first time when driving for Force India in Abu Dhabi and says his ROC appearance will cap off a special season.

"It's been a dream year for me in GP2 and finishing as the champion is the absolute crowning glory. Last week's Formula 1 test was amazing too - and now I'm thrilled to be invited to the Race Of Champions. It looks like a great event: at this time of year it's nice to see all the top guys going for it in a no-pressure situation. The competitive part will of course come when I put the helmet on but I'm looking forward to being part of the show and having fun out there.

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"The line-up contains plenty of legends in their own field, which is what makes it such a special event - to see Mick Doohan competing against the likes of Tom Kristensen, Jamie Whincup, F1 drivers and other champions. The cars seem great fun to drive as well, with a lot of power and the chance to slide them around. Making quick switches between them is something you don't often get to do so it will be a driving challenge. And I've never been to Barbados before so I'm looking forward to that too..."

ROC organiser Fredrik Johnsson expects to see a strong showing from Palmer at Bushy Park after he won the GP2 title in style.

"Jolyon has dominated the GP2 Series in 2014 and it will be fascinating to see what he can do in the Race Of Champions," Johnsson said. "We always aim to pull together a mix of all the best motor sport series and this year is no exception with greats from F1, Le Mans, MotoGP, IndyCar, NASCAR, World Rally, Rallycross and Touring Cars. As the reigning champion in the GP2 series with some of the world's best young chargers, Jolyon is sure to be a contender in Barbados."