Chandhok and Karthikeyan celebrate ROC Asia victory Karthikeyan in Bangkok

Team India to take on Race of Champions Nations Cup tomorrow in Thailand.

India’s only two Formula One drivers Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok today won the 2012 Race of Champions (ROC) Asia after beating Japan in the finals of the competition.

Team India have qualified to the ROC Nations Cup and will be in the same group as defending Champions Germany comprising of Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher.

Team India won the final 2-0 after leading the group stage with 4 wins out of 6 races. Both drivers Narain and Karun won 3 out of their 4 races enroute to victory.

Narain Karthikeyan
Narain Karthikeyan

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F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan, who drove for HRT this year, was thrilled to win on his first visit to the ROC. He commented, “It is an incredible feeling to be a part of Team India's success in the ROC Asia in only our first visit.

It has been really tough with limited track time but at the end of the day we pulled it off. Every race in a different car was a challenge and it feels good to win in identical machinery.

Tomorrow is a whole new day and we will give it our best to do our country proud.”

World Endurance Championship driver Karun Chandhok, who drove for HRT in 2010 , Lotus in 2011 and JRM Racing this year, thoroughly enjoyed himself in his first ever ROC.

He said, “Am really happy for Narain and me as we did a fantastic job to win ROC Asia. The competition was really strong and we were pushed harder than we thought.

It's very special to create history as the first ever ROC Asia Champions against the top Asian racing nations. The atmosphere was amazing and I hope all the fans in India tune in to watch and support us on TV tomorrow.”

The end-of-season contest, which is being staged for the 25th consecutive year in 2012, brings together the world’s greatest drivers from motorsport’s main disciplines – including Formula 1, world rally, touring cars, Le Mans, MotoGP, Indycar and the X-Games – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery.

Driver’s pair up for the ROC Nations Cup, this year scheduled for Saturday, December 15, before the individual Race Of Champions on Sunday, December 16.

About ROC

The Race of Champions is a knockout tournament where the world’s greatest drivers battle to prove they’re the fastest on Earth.

Through a series of head-to-head races in identical cars on a parallel track, the stars fight it out to prove they have what it takes to be crowned ‘Champion of Champions’.

The event starts with a group stage to ensure fans get to see plenty of action from every driver. The racers face up to each of the other drivers in their group, with cars swapped round between heats so they all have to prove themselves in a variety of machinery. The most successful drivers move on to the quarter-finals.

From there it’s back to a head-to-head, no second chances, knockout competition to get to the semi-finals and then the Grand Final.

Just as with all the world’s great cup competitions, the tension builds all the way through to this best-of-three shootout where there can be only one ‘Champion of Champions’.

After recent visits to London’s Wembley Stadium (2007-2008), Beijing’s ‘Bird’s Nest’ Olympic Stadium (2009) and Dusseldorf’s ESPRIT arena (2010-2011), ROC 2012 will take place on a specially constructed tarmac track with two parallel lanes winding their way round Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium.

Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel have won the team event for the last 5 years and will return to defend their crown this year.

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