Hamilton to wow fans at Race of Champions 18 Nov 2008
2008 Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is to make a special appearance at this years Race of Champions event, which will take place at Londons Wembley stadium on December 14. Hamilton will complete a demonstration run in his McLaren, before racing Olympic cycling gold medallist Chris Hoy around the arenas temporary track.
This is going to be something very special, said Hamilton. Ive done F1 demonstration runs away from race tracks before, but Wembley Stadiums completely different, the atmosphere is going to be crazy. Its going to be a great way to end a fantastic year, and Im really looking forward to putting on a show to thank the fans from all over the world and my fantastic British fans for all their support.I get so much from the fans and this is a great opportunity for me to give something back.
For the head-to-head contest between the cyclist and driver, Hamilton will climb into a Mercedes-Benz road car, whilst Hoy will take to the saddle of his bike.
Im a big motor racing fan anyway and Ive seen the Race of Champions on TV so to be there in the flesh is going to be great and to be actually able to compete and take part in it is fantastic," explained Hoy. "I can kick out about two and a half brake horsepower so thats not going to quite match his car but I think theyll make the race as close as possible and Ill be giving it absolutely everything; Im really looking forward to it.
Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard, Hondas Jenson Button and 2009 Red Bull team mates Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel are also confirmed for the event and will compete in national teams to win the ROC Nations Cup.