Romain Grosjean has been crowned the 2012
Champion of the Race of Champions after an
emphatic performance in Bangkok.
Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher both
failed to halt Romain’s march through the heats
as he progressed through to the final against
eight-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen in the
event which pitches champions from the world of
motorsport head-to-head against each other in a
variety of machinery.
In a three-heat finale for the crown, the
LotusF1 Team driver made the title certain with
a win first in the ROC Buggy and next in the KTM
X-Bow, meaning the crown was his without need
for the final heat.
The win comes a day after Romain and Team France
team-mate and 2011 Race of Champions Champion
Sébastian Ogier came second to the Team Germany
partnership of Vettel and Schumacher in the Race
of Champions Nations Cup.
Romain Grosjean, 2012 Race of Champions
“Champion of Champions sounds pretty good. It
certainly feels pretty special to end my year
like this. It wasn’t an easy route to the crown
either ; I had Sebastian [Vettel] in the
quarter-final then Michael [Schumacher] in the
semi-final, then Tom Kristensen in the final.
Between those three drivers you’ve got ten
Formula 1 titles and eight Le Mans wins ! To win
against these guys is very special indeed. It’s
a really fabulous event and we received a
fantastic welcome in Bangkok. It’s superb to be
able to relax with so many different competitors
from different disciplines and we all had a
great time. It was great to see the support I
received from fans at the event and online too,
and this win goes out to them for supporting me
in 2012. What a way to end my year, by winning
my last competition of the season !”