Race of Champions announces new 2022 Arctic event

In January 2022 Race of Champions will host its first ever snow and ice event near the Arctic Circle in Sweden.

The annual motorsport event has today announced plans to move to an all-new snow and ice track located at Pite Havsbad, Sweden, some 60 miles from the Arctic Circle.

ROC, which sees top drivers from all motorsport disciplines do battle against each other in identical machinery, has be held in several locations previously.

For a period of 12 years ROC, which held its first event in 1988, was based at Gran Canaria on gravel based purposed built circuit, before taking on a global tour that has seen the event held in capacity stadiums in France, Germany, UK, China, Thailand, Barbados, America, Saudi Arabia and most recently Mexico in 2019.

This new event in Sweden will propose a new challenge to drivers, with organisers confirming the track will be longer and wider than previous ROC iterations. The circuit will also be used following the Race of Champions for corporate driving events.

A firm date in January is yet to be confirmed.

“After organising the Race Of Champions in some of the most prestigious venues like the Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing, Stade de France in Paris, Wembley Stadium and London’s Olympic Stadium it is a huge honour to be able to bring our event to my home country Sweden for the first time,” said Race Of Champions President and co-founder, Fredrik Johnsson.

“At ROC we are always looking for ways to put new exciting tests in front of some of the world’s top race drivers. In the past, that might have been a very tight track inside a stadium, but this time we will be able to build a longer, wider more spectacular track.

“The event will be unlike anything we are used to seeing and be one of the ultimate tests of a driver’s car control.

“After the event we will keep the Race Of Champions track open until end of each winter season for unique ROC Driving experiences for both corporate and private clients developed in a long-term partnership with Pite Havsbad Group.”

Reigning World Rallycross champion and 2019 ROC Nations champion Johan Kristoffersson has already tested on the new snow and ice track.

“It is so much fun driving around this ROC track, sliding the car through the wide corners. It will be a true challenge but I think all the drivers will love it,” said Kristoffersson.

“Participating in Race Of Champions in Mexico in 2019 was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and to now be able to do it here in my home country is going to be even more special.”

ROC has also announced that a number of electric vehicles will be used at the event, although the car list is yet to be revealed along with the driver line-up.

In the past, it has attracted legends such as Formula 1 world champions Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel, rally superstars Sebastien Loeb and Petter Solberg, and stars from America, including multiple NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves.

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