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Button to make first ROC appearance 19 Sep 2006

Jenson Button (GBR) Honda Racing F1 Team talks with David Coulthard (GBR) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, British Grand Prix, Preparations, Silverstone, England, 8 June 2006

Honda’s Jenson Button has been confirmed as one of the star drivers for this year’s Race of Champions (ROC) event. It will be the first time Button has participated in the annual showdown, in which national teams of world-renowned drivers compete in a variety of machinery.

"I'm really looking forward to my first Race of Champions,” enthused Button ahead of his December debut. “I have never previously been able to attend but I am told by my fellow competitors that it's a great event and lots of fun."

Button will be joined at the Paris event by fellow Formula One driver David Coulthard. And with this year seeing the traditional British team split for the first time into English and Scottish squads, the pair will be going head to head.

Whilst Button will be paired with a yet to be announced English driver, Scotsman Coulthard will join forces with former world rally champion, Colin McRae - and the Red Bull driver is clearly looking forward to the cross-border clash.

"I relish the chance to re-start the battle between the two great nations Scotland and England in the ROC-Nations Cup,” said Coulthard. “For the first time we will have teams from both countries in the competition and I am sure it will be something really special.

“The Race of Champions is a unique opportunity for drivers from motor sport's biggest series around the globe to meet and compete together. The track and the variety of racing and rally cars we get to drive suits some better than others, but that's all part of the charm."

Other drivers set to compete include last year’s winner and reigning world rally champion Sebastien Loeb, former DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom and seven-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen. The event will take place at the Stade de France in Paris, France, on December 16.