Fresh from becoming World Rally Champion for the first time in France, Sebastien Ogier
has become the latest driver to sign up for the 2013 Race Of Champions, which will be held in Bangkok in December.
The Volkswagen driver joins multiple F1 title winner Michael Schumacher and Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen on the list of confirmed drivers for the traditional end of season event.
Ogier won the Race of Champions back in 2011 and reached the Nations Cup final alongside Romain Grosjean last year before the French pair lost to Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.
“This has been a fantastic year for me and I can think of no better way to round it off than the Race Of Champions,” he said. “It was amazing to win it on my first visit and of course it is a pleasure to be going back again. It will be especially nice to head to Bangkok with the title of World Rally Champion in the bag at last.
“Now I can feel like a 'full' member of the exclusive group who make up the ROC field! All the champions have proved themselves to be fast in their own categories so as always it will be fun to see who comes out on top.
“It's time for someone to give Team Germany a run for their money in the ROC Nations Cup too. So roll on December…”
Race organiser Fredrik Johnsson said he was pleased to have Ogier confirmed as part of the line-up.
“Congratulations to Sebastien on his brilliant year in the World Rally Championship,” he said. “He really dominated the series, which comes as no surprise to any of us at ROC because we saw his exceptional ability on his first visit in 2011 when no one had any answer for his pace.
“Now he will again face greats from F1, Le Mans, IndyCar, Touring Cars and elsewhere as ROC continues to offer a unique chance to see how the world's big motor sport series match up. We hope to see plenty of rally fans cheering on their new world champion in Bangkok.”