2012 Race of Champions

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2012 Race of Champions
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The 2012 Race of Champions was the 25th running of the event, and took place over 14–16 December 2012 at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.[1][2][3] During the first day, a ROC Thailand contest was held with four local drivers to decide the identity of the Thai representatives. The top two drivers (Nattavude Charoensukawattana and Tin Sritrai) advanced to the ROC Asia contest, where they faced teams from India, China and Japan. The Thai team was guaranteed a place in the main Nations Cup, whilst the second spot was taken by the victorious Indian team formed by F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan and WEC driver Karun Chandhok.[4] During the second day, Germany took their sixth consecutive Nations Cup victory courtesy of Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher, beating France (Sébastien Ogier and Romain Grosjean) in the final 2–0.[5] During the final day, Romain Grosjean won the Race of Champions, beating Tom Kristensen 2–0 in a closely fought final.[6][7] In the UK, the live broadcasts of the latter two days of the event on Motors TV attracted a peak of 44,000 television viewers, a respectable figure for a satellite-only channel.[8]


Romain Grosjean, the 2012 Champion of Champions

Champions from numerous series were invited, including Formula One (Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher and Romain Grosjean), MotoGP (Jorge Lorenzo and Mick Doohan), WTCC (Andy Priaulx), V8 Supercars (Jamie Whincup), PWRC (Benito Guerra) and IndyCar (Ryan Hunter-Reay).[9] Also present was eight-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen. The 2012 edition marked the first time drivers from India, Thailand and Mexico have competed, whilst it was the first time since the inaugural Nations Cup event in 1999 that there were no Finnish drivers present. Reigning champion Sébastien Ogier was the only former 'Champion of Champions' in attendance.[10][6]

Team Drivers 2012 series
DenmarkSpain All-Stars Tom Kristensen[11] WEC
Jorge Lorenzo[12] MotoGP
MexicoUnited States Americas[13] Benito Guerra[13] Production WRC
Ryan Hunter-Reay[14] IndyCar Series
 Australia Mick Doohan[15] none
Jamie Whincup[15] V8 Supercars
 France Romain Grosjean[16] Formula One
Sébastien Ogier[16] WRC
 Germany Michael Schumacher[17] Formula One
Sebastian Vettel[18] Formula One
 Great Britain David Coulthard[19] DTM
Andy Priaulx[11] DTM
 India Karun Chandhok[20] WEC
Narain Karthikeyan[20] Formula One
 Thailand[20] Nattavude Charoensukawattana Super Car Thailand
Tin Sritrai Super Car Thailand

ROC Asia[edit]

2012 marked the inaugural ROC Asia event, with drivers from a variety of championships (including Formula One, WEC and Super GT) taking part. The top two drivers from ROC Thailand would represent Thailand in the event.[10]

Country Drivers 2012 series
 China Han Han[20] China Rally and CTCC
Ho-Pin Tung[20] PCC Asia
 India Karun Chandhok[20] WEC
Narain Karthikeyan[20] Formula One
 Japan Takuto Iguchi[20] Super GT
Kazuya Oshima[20] Formula Nippon/Super GT
 Thailand[21] Nattavude Charoensukawattana Super Car Thailand
Tin Sritrai Super Car Thailand

ROC Thailand[edit]

The ROC Thailand contest was held to decide who would represent Thailand in ROC Asia, the Nations Cup and the Race of Champions. 2001 Asian Touring Car Series champion Charoensukawattana and 1999 Formula Asia champion Horthongkum battled out with drift driver Nana and touring car driver Sritrai to be among the top 2.[10]

Country Drivers 2012 series
 Thailand Nattavude Charoensukawattana Super Car Thailand
Nattapon Horthongkum Super Car Thailand
Sak Nana
Tin Sritrai Super Car Thailand


Seven cars were used throughout the event. The Toyota GT86 and Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo made their debut in this year, while the Škoda Fabia was dropped.[10]

The track[edit]

Layout of the Track

A 697 metres tarmac track was constructed in the Rajamangala Stadium.[22] The track had a bridge to connect the outer lane with the inner lane in an 8 shape track.[23] All the races were ran to 2 laps (1.394 km).[23] In the first day a chicane was placed in the bridge area. The chicane was modified for the second and third day making the lap time longer.[24]

Tom Kristensen made the fastest time (1:14.0680) on the second configuration in an Audi R8 at speed of 67.75 km/h.[22]

ROC Thailand[edit]

Round Robin[edit]

Pos. Driver Wins Losses Best Time
1 Thailand Nattavude Charoensukawattana 3 0 1:21.087
2 Thailand Tin Sritrai 2 1 1:22.287
3 Thailand Nattapon Horthongkum 1 2 1:22.877
4 Thailand Sak Nana 0 3 1:24.309


Winner Time Car Loser Time
Thailand Nattavude Charoensukawattana 1:21.9160 Toyota GT86 Thailand Tin Sritrai 1:22.8871

ROC Asia[edit]

Round Robin[edit]

Pos. Team Wins Losses Drivers Wins Losses Best Time
1  India 4 2 India Karun Chandhok 2 1 1:19.393
India Narain Karthikeyan 2 1 1:19.460
2  Japan 3 3 Japan Kazuya Oshima 2 1 1:18.470
Japan Takuto Iguchi 1 2 1:19.853
3  Thailand 3 3 Thailand Nattavude Charoensukawattana 2 1 1:21.110
Thailand Tin Sritrai 1 2 1:20.3364
4  China 2 4 China Han Han 2 1 1:19.450
China Ho-Pin Tung 0 3 1:18.2100


Winner Time Car Loser Time
India Narain Karthikeyan 1:20.1777 Volkswagen Scirocco Japan Kazuya Oshima 1:20.6809
India Karun Chandhok 1:21.4805 Toyota GT86 Japan Takuto Iguchi 1:22.4326

Nations Cup[edit]

Drivers who made a false start are marked with a Yellow card Booked in the tables, and a time penalty of 5 seconds was added to their original time.

Group A[edit]

Pos. Team Wins Losses Driver Wins Losses Best Time
1 France France 4 2 France Romain Grosjean 2 1 1:16.613
France Sébastien Ogier 2 1 1:16.240
2 DenmarkSpain All-Stars 3 3 Denmark Tom Kristensen 2 1 1:14.708
Spain Jorge Lorenzo 1 2 1:23.310
3 MexicoUnited States Americas 3 3 Mexico Benito Guerra 2 1 1:22.346
United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 1 2 1:19.133
4 United Kingdom Great Britain 2 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard 1 2 1:15.798
United Kingdom Andy Priaulx 1 2 1:17.055

Group B[edit]

Pos. Team Wins Losses Driver Wins Losses Best Time
1 Germany Germany 6 0 Germany Michael Schumacher 3 0 1:15.614
Germany Sebastian Vettel 3 0 1:16.657
2 Australia Australia 3 3 Australia Mick Doohan 1 2 1:20.178
Australia Jamie Whincup 2 1 1:19.385
3 India India 2 4 India Karun Chandhok 1 2 1:18.317
India Narain Karthikeyan 1 2 1:23.169
4 Thailand Thailand 1 5 Thailand Nattavude Charoensukawattana 0 3 1:23.964
Thailand Tin Sritrai 1 2 1:19.160


Semi-finals Final
  France France 2  
  DenmarkSpain All-Stars 0  
      France France 0
    Germany Germany 2
  Germany Germany 2
  Australia Australia 0  


Team 1 Time 1 Car Team 2 Time 2
France France 2-0 DenmarkSpain All-Stars
Sébastien Ogier 1:15.5143 Audi R8 LMS Tom Kristensen 1:15.6365
Romain Grosjean 1:23.1327 Toyota GT86 Jorge Lorenzo 1:24.7146
Germany Germany 2-0 Australia Australia
Michael Schumacher 1:17.2869 Euro Racecar Jamie Whincup 1:22.1543 Booked
Sebastian Vettel 1:17.6834 Booked Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Mick Doohan 1:19.6904


Team 1 Time 1 Car Team 2 Time 2
France France 0-2 Germany Germany
Romain Grosjean 1:17.3946 KTM X-Bow Michael Schumacher 1:15.3257
Sébastien Ogier 1:20.5839 ROC Car Sebastian Vettel 1:18.6005

Race of Champions[edit]

Knockout stage[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
   France Sébastien Ogier 0  
 Denmark Tom Kristensen 1  
   Denmark Tom Kristensen 1  
   United Kingdom David Coulthard 0  
 China Ho-Pin Tung 0
   United Kingdom David Coulthard 1  
     Denmark Tom Kristensen 0
   France Romain Grosjean 2
   Germany Sebastian Vettel 0  
 France Romain Grosjean 1  
   France Romain Grosjean 1
   Germany Michael Schumacher 0  
 Germany Michael Schumacher 1
   Australia Mick Doohan 0  


Driver 1 Time 1 Car Driver 2 Time 2
France Sébastien Ogier 1:14.5605 Audi R8 LMS Denmark Tom Kristensen 1:14.0680
China Ho-Pin Tung 1:21.7089 Volkswagen Scirocco United Kingdom David Coulthard 1:21.6364
Germany Sebastian Vettel DNF Booked KTM X-Bow France Romain Grosjean 1:15.5455
Germany Michael Schumacher 1:17.0426 Euro Racecar Australia Mick Doohan 1:25.1853 Booked


Driver 1 Time 1 Car Driver 2 Time 2
Denmark Tom Kristensen 1:14.3384 Audi R8 LMS United Kingdom David Coulthard 1:15.8312
France Romain Grosjean 1:14.8951 KTM X-Bow Germany Michael Schumacher 1:15.3823


Driver 1 Time 1 Car Driver 2 Time 2
Denmark Tom Kristensen 1:18.9348 ROC Car France Romain Grosjean 1:18.4775
France Romain Grosjean 1:16.0779 KTM X-Bow Denmark Tom Kristensen 1:16.4569


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  2. ^ The IBNLive news article on the race
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  23. ^ a b "The Track". Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "Speedcafe". Retrieved 23 January 2013. 

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