Portuguese star Antonio Felix da Costa will debut on the Race of Champions at Estadio do Dragao

The 17 year old driver was invited to take place on the first ever Race of Champions (ROC) done in Portugal. Antonio will be the youngest driver present at Estadio do Dragao, in a event that will take place on 6th and 7th June, and will count will the most prestigious drivers from all over the world, such as Johnny Herbert, Heinz Arald Frentzen, Michael Doohan, Miki Biasion, Carlos Sainz, Andy Priaulx or his friend and country mate Felipe Albuquerque.

The Formula Renault 2.0 race winner, at the moment leading the North European Championship and 2nd on the Eurocup is considered the most valuable driver from the young generation of Portuguese drivers: "I am very proud to take part on this event, with drivers that a few years ago I was watching them on TV as a fan. I am sure it will be a nice and fantastic show to all the spectators and even being my first time here and having no experience on this cars I will do my best to be on top. For sure it will be very exciting to be competing against drivers with more years of racing experience than my own age", said the driver managed by Sowhat Consulting.

The ROC boasts a list of past winners such as Heikki Kovalainen (beating Michael Schummacher), Sebastian Loeb, Mattias Ekstrom, Tom Kristensen, between others. The cars used by the drivers will be KTM X-Bow, ROC car, RX 150 and the Solution F.

Involving pilots of different areas of motorsports, the ROC it's a unique opportunity to claim their position as national drivers. This first race will be attended by eight Portuguese and the four fastest drivers will get access to the Race of Champions Iberia, taking place on Sunday. Here, the two fastest competitors from each nation will be qualified to enter the Race of Champions South Europe, where two Portuguese drivers, two Spanish, two Italian, and two Austrian of Formula 1, Rally, WTCC, Le Mans, GT's, Dakar Series, GP2, and others will fight so see who will be proclaimed "Fastest Nation in Southern Europe".

The race of Champions will gain further attention and attraction because the winning team will gain direct access to the World Final Race of Champions 2009.

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