Jenson Button and Andy Priaulx will hope to uphold home honours as the Race of Champions hits Wembley stadium for the first time this weekend.

The English pair will take on Scotland in the quarter-final of the Nations Cup while Honda Racing F1 man Button also faces a cross-border battle as he takes on Alister McRae in the opening round of the actual Race of Champions itself.

"I'm slightly nervous but also looking forward to it," he said ahead of his debut in the event. "There's some great cars out there. The rally cars are probably the most exciting. The WRC Focus is one of the reasons I'm here so hopefully I'll get a go.

"I have to say that I'll be taking it easy; having a bit of fun and if I'm quick I'll probably take it a bit more seriously! When we put our helmets on it's about the show. Being able to perform in Wembley is a dream; hopefully it will be for more than just a couple of minutes! We're all pretty excited about the weekend."

Team-mate Priaulx has competed in the event before and will take on his WTCC title rival Yvan Muller in the opening round of the Race of Champions.

Like Priaulx, he said he was excited about the event ahead.

"The only different thing with The Race of Champions is that I can't rely on the reverse grid this weekend!" he joked. "It's so intense; you have one opportunity. But it's a great event, a superb track and it's going to be a real buzz for me and Jenson to be in front of our home crowd.

"I quite like the rear-wheel-drive because I'm used to it from the WTCC. I thought I would make quite a good rally driver but I ran out of talent mid-corner and put the Ford Focus WRC in the barrier!

"In terms of being drawn against Yvan, I'm just going to have to fiddle around with his fuel pump again!"

 

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