The Race of Champions will visit the Middle East for the first time in early 2018 when Saudi Arabia plays host to the annual motorsport exhibition, taking place at Riyadh's King Fahd International Stadium.

The Race of Champions pits top names from a variety of racing series against each other in a multi-discipline challenge, with racers vying for both individual and international honours over two days.

Miami played host to the last Race of Champions in January, with Juan Pablo Montoya winning the 'Champion of Champions' contest and Sebastian Vettel single-handedly claiming Nations' Cup glory for Team Germany.

In an announcement made on Tuesday night, officials from the Race of Champions confirmed Riyadh would be the next host city for the event, with a loose date of early 2018 being pencilled in.

"“Our organisation is honoured to be working with the President of the General Sports Authority, his Excellency Turki Al-Sheikh, and Sela Sport Chairman, Dr Rakan Hussein, to bring Race Of Champions to the region for the first time in the event’s 30-year history," Race of Champions president Fredrik Johnsson said.

"As motorsport’s most forward-thinking property ROC is an event perfectly suited to Saudi Arabia, which is emerging as a modern sports market on the global stage.

“With women able to drive in Saudi Arabia from 2018, we feel this is an auspicious moment to be bringing a motorsport event to Riyadh. Race Of Champions is more than just a race: it is a truly global contest that includes many of the world’s best drivers along with top-quality entertainment for families."

The Race of Champions also announced it intends to return to Miami at the end of the 2018 season following the success of this year's event.



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