Reigning World Touring Car Champion Yvan Muller is the latest driver to be confirmed for The Race of Champions 2009, which takes place in Beijing on November 2-4.
Muller, a teb-time winner of the Andros Trophy ice racing series, claimed his first WTCC title in 2008 and currently lies second in the WTCC points standings with two events to go. After racing in Japan on Sunday 1 November, the Frenchman will fly to China's Bird's Nest Stadium, where he'll compete against stars from the world of Formula 1, Le Mans, touring cars and more.
“It is going to be a great experience to compete in China,” said Muller. “I have raced in The Race of Champions many times, and it's always a lot of fun with the crowd so close to the action.
“The Bird's Nest is a fantastic stadium, and I'm told the circuit is faster and longer than before, so I am looking forward to it.”
Muller will be teamed up with another, still-to-be-confirmed French driver as the pair aim to win The ROC Nations Cup title on Tuesday 3 November, before going for individual glory in The Race of Champions on Wednesday 4 November. Muller was part of the winning team when France won the ROC Nations Cup in 2000.
“Yvan is a fantastic driver and whether he's racing touring cars or driving on ice, he proves that he has superb car control,” added Fredrik Johnsson of event organisers IMP.
“Watching people like him showing what they can do in some spectacular cars in a great stadium like the Bird's Nest is what The Race of Champions is all about.”