Button added to Race of Champions line-up

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2009 Formula 1 world champion and current McLaren driver Jenson Button has joined the field for this November’s Race of Champions in London, England.

The Race of Champions pits a number of drivers from an array of series up against each other in a multidiscipline challenge, and will take place at London’s former Olympic Stadium on November 20-21.

The likes of Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Jorge Lorenzo and Tom Kristensen have already signed up for the event.

Button joins a second ‘Team England’, and will race alongside Blancpain GT driver Alex Buncombe. The second Team England squad will be made up of BTCC’s Jason Plato and an unnamed driver.

“I can’t wait to be back to the Race Of Champions again, and especially to be racing at home at London’s former Olympic Stadium,” Button said.

“It is always a very special event with a good atmosphere. You’re racing against guys from your own series plus others from all over the world. We get to meet friends old and new from the different forms of motor sport so we enjoy our time both on and off the track.

“It’s always a lot of fun but everyone wants to put on a good show for the fans – and of course we only pretend to be taking it easy before giving it everything when we’re sitting in the car on the line.

“I look forward to partnering Alex Buncombe in the ROC Nations Cup too. Germany had an annoying habit of beating us at Wembley in 2007 and 2008 so it’s about time we made it all the way now we’ll be racing on the other side of London.

“Now all I can do is urge any race fans out there to get themselves to the former Olympic Stadium later this month to give us a cheer.”