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Sixteen of the world's speed kings are coming to Thailand to compete in Race of Champions to be held at Rajamangala National Stadium from Dec 14-16. 

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F1 superstars Sebastian Vettel (left) and Michael Schumacher will defend their ROC Nations Cup title in Rajamangala National Stadium next week.

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Vettel, Schumacher and 14 others to compete in Bangkok

Sixteen of the world's speed kings are coming to Thailand to compete in Race of Champions to be held at Rajamangala National Stadium from Dec 14-16 thanks to an ambitious collaboration between the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), Red Bull and Singha Corporation

Thai racing fans will see some of the best drivers and motorcyclists in the world, including current F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel, all-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher and MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo.

The event will kick off next Friday with the ROC Asia Cup.

The following day, Dec 15, features the ROC Nations Cup with top racers from eight countries competing for their homeland, when German superstars Vettel and Schumacher will defend their title. The final round will be held on Dec 16 with the overall winner crowned Champion of Champions.

The Race of Champions was first launched in 1988 by former rally champion Michele Mouton and motorsport mogul Fredrik Johnsson. It is an annual gathering of racers from premier motorsports, including Formula One, World Rally Championship, Nascar, IndyCar Series and MotoGP, who come to compete against each other in a series of identical vehicles over a two-day race.

One of the vehicles used during the competition.

The cars used in the race vary from year to year, but usually include a World Rally Car, KTM X-Bow, a sports car and a ROC car (a motorcycle engine-powered buggy manufactured solely for the ROC race). Before each run, one type of car is assigned to the drivers, each machine identical. Over the course of the event, each driver gets to drive several different cars to prove themselves in.

For the Race Of Champions Cup, the 16 superstar drivers are split (by draw) into four groups of four. Each driver races against the contestants in his group. The two drivers with the most wins from each group progress to the finals, which culminate in a head-to-head showdown. The overall winner is given the title ''Champion of Champions''.

The ROC Nations Cup features teams of two drivers who compete for their country in a head-to-head, best-of-three knockout event. The ROC Asia Cup, introduced for the first time this year, seeks to find Asia's fastest nation. The winners will later race against the world's best drivers in the Nations Cup.

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Red Bull Singha Race Of Champions will be held on Dec 14-16 at Rajamangala National Stadium on Ramkhamhaeng Road. Tickets are available at Thai Ticket Major, tel 02-262-3456. For more information, visit

defend a title (championship) – to win a competition again after winning the previous time it was held ชนะอีกครั้งหลังจากชนะเลิศครั้งก่อน
compete – to try to be more successful or better than somebody else who is trying to do the same as you แข่งขัน
champion – a person, team, etc. that has won a competition, especially in a sport ผู้ชนะเลิศ
ambitious – difficult and needing a lot of effort to succeed ความทะเยอทยาน
collaboration – working together with someone else การร่วมมือ
current – of the present time ปัจจุบัน
kick off – to begin an event; to launch เริ่มต้น, เริ่มทำ
feature – to include someone or something as an important part มีบทบาทสำคัญใน
launch – to start something เริ่มต้น เริ่มทำ
mogul – a very rich, important and powerful person ผู้มีอำนาจ, บุคคลสำคัญ, ผู้มั่งคั่ง
annual – happening every year ทุกๆปีด, ประจำปี
gathering – an occasion when many people come together as a group การรวมตัว, การประชุม
identical – exactly the same, or very similar เหมือนกัน, แบบเดียวกัน
vary – to be different in different situations  ปรวนแปร, เปลี่ยนแปลง, แตกต่าง
buggy – a small car, often without a roof or doors, used for a particular purpose  รถเล็กไม่มีหลังคาและประตู
manufacture – to make and produce a product ผลิต
solely – only; not involving something else เท่านั้น, โดยอันเดียว
assign – to give a person a particular task or position มอบหมาย, สั่งงาน
over the course of the event – during the time the event is happening
split – to divide  ทำให้แตกแยก
contestant – someone who competes in a contest ผู้แข่งขัน
culminate – to end with, after developing for some time สิ้นสุด, ถึงขั้นสุดท้าย
showdown – (in sports) an important match, especially one which decides a championship or who is best between two competitors การเผชิญหน้า (กับฝ่ายตรงข้าม)
title – the position of a winner in a sports competition  ตำแหน่งแชมป์
knockout – of the part of a tournament when a losing team or competitor is forced out of the competition

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