David Coulthard heads to Barbados for ROC 2014

David Coulthard heads to Barbados for ROC 2014

Thirteen-time Formula 1 grand prix winner David Coulthard has become the latest driver to sign up for the 2014 Race Of Champions, to be held later this month at the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados.

Ahead of the individual Race Of Champions on Sunday December 14, Coulthard will partner Williams F1 development driver Susie Wolff - ROC's first ever female racer - for Team Scotland in the ROC Nations Cup on Saturday December 13.

Coulthard had a glittering F1 career, taking 13 grand prix victories and finishing in the world championship top three no less than five times in over a decade at the top. He later raced in Germany's DTM championship before retiring from full-time competition to focus on his other interests including his F1 commentary for BBC television.

The Scotsman has a strong pedigree at the Race Of Champions, reaching the Grand Final at London's Wembley Stadium in 2008. That day he took rally legend Sébastien Loeb to the third heat of the best-of-three final before missing out by the narrowest of margins in the decider. At ROC 2012 in Bangkok Coulthard reached the individual semi-finals before falling to Le Mans great Tom Kristensen.

Coulthard said: "I always enjoy the Race Of Champions - and it will be a special treat to compete alongside Susie for Team Scotland. Ever since our paths crossed in DTM we've known each other well and we'll do all we can to upset some of the bigger fish in the ROC Nations Cup.

"There's no doubt we'll be up against some strong teams in Barbados but you never know what can happen at an event like the Race Of Champions where the smallest mistake can make or break everything. I might not spend so much time in the cockpit these days but I made it to the individual semi-finals last time so I'll be hoping it still pays to have plenty of experience…"

Coulthard and Wolff join a ROC 2014 line-up featuring stars from all over the world: nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen, F1's Romain Grosjean (reigning ROC Champion of Champions), 2014 Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, NASCAR superstar Kurt Busch, V8 Supercar legend Jamie Whincup, five-time 500cc MotoGP world champion Mick Doohan, 2014 FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg, 2014 World Touring Car Champion José-Maria López and 2014 FIA European F3 Champion Esteban Ocon are already confirmed, with even more on the way.

ROC organiser Fredrik Johnsson added: "It's great to have DC back at the Race Of Champions and we're sure he and Susie will do Team Scotland proud. We're thrilled to have such a varied line-up for ROC 2014 with greats from F1, Le Mans, MotoGP, IndyCar, NASCAR, World Rally, Rallycross and Touring Cars. It will be fascinating to see which of those series produces our winner in Barbados and we hope the world's race fans will enjoy cheering on their favourites later this month."