Priaulx, Lopez complete Race of Champions line-up

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Leading touring car drivers Andy Priaulx and Jose Maria Lopez have completed the line-up for next weekend’s Race of Champions in London.

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 that will see them compete for both national and individual honors.

In a statement issued by the Race of Champions organizers on Friday, Priaulx and Lopez were confirmed as the final two drivers for the event, completing its line-up.

Priaulx is a three-time winner of the FIA World Touring Car Championship, and currently splits his focus between the British Touring Car Championship and endurance series such as ELMS and TUSCC.

“What a great way to end a busy season – joining all my fellow champions in a fun head-to-head battle,” Priaulx said. “Same cars, same track: it will be an epic challenge. I love this event. Fredrik Johnsson and his team put on a great show so I can’t wait to get there and catch up with everyone.”

Lopez has also found success in the WTCC, winning back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015. However, he is perhaps better known in American racing circles for being one of the planned drivers for the failed US F1 Team that tried to join Formula 1 five years ago.

“This has been another great year for me and this invitation to the Race Of Champions is the perfect way to cap it off,” Lopez said. “This year the pressure was on and the competition with my team-mates was harder than ever so to to win the championship three races early was an amazing result.

“Now I can look forward to racing my fellow champions next week in London. The line-up is amazing with great drivers from all over the world so we now look forward to putting on a great show for the crowds.”

Here is the full driver line-up for the 2015 Race of Champions:

  • Sebastian Vettel, four-time Formula 1 World Champion (Team Germany)
  • Nico Hulkenberg, 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Team Germany)
  • Tom Kristensen, nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Team Nordic)
  • Petter Solberg, reigning FIA World Rallycross Champion (Team Nordic)
  • Daniel Ricciardo, three-time Formula 1 grand prix winner (Team Australia)
  • Mick Doohan, five-time 500cc MotoGP World Champion (Team Australia)
  • Felipe Massa, 11-time Formula 1 grand prix winner (Team Brazil)
  • Nelson Piquet Jr, reigning FIA Formula E Champion (Team Brazil)
  • David Coulthard, reigning ROC Champion of Champions (Team Scotland)
  • Susie Wolff, Williams Martini Racing Official Test Driver (Team Scotland)
  • Jorge Lorenzo, double MotoGP World Champion (Team All Stars)
  • Romain Grosjean, 2012 ROC Champion of Champions (Team All Stars)
  • Jolyon Palmer, 2014 GP2 Champion (Team Young Stars)
  • Pascal Wehrlein, 2015 DTM Champion (Team Young Stars)
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2014 Indianapolis 500 Winner (Team Americas)
  • José Maria Lopez, double World Touring Car Champion (Team Americas)
  • Jason Plato, double British Touring Car Champion (Team England 1)
  • Andy Priaulx, triple World Touring Car Champion (Team England 1)
  • Alex Buncombe, 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series Champion (Team England 2)
  • Jenson Button, 2009 Formula 1 World Champion (Team England 2)

Chase Sexton wins Triple Crown Anaheim 2 Supercross: Levi Kitchen unseats Jett Lawrence in 250s

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Chase Sexton won two of the three races in the Monster Energy Supercross Anaheim 2 Triple Crown, which was enough to overcome a fifth-place finish in Race 2 and give him the overall victory. It was the second Supercross win of his career.

“Super big night for me,” Sexton told NBC Sports’ Will Christien. “After last weekend with that being a struggle, I just need to come out here and stop the bleeding a little bit and I did that tonight.”

Sexton suffered a crash on Lap 1 of his heat, sending him into Last Chance Qualifier. The bad gate pick put him in a difficult position to start the race and he was able to climb to only fifth at the checkers.

At Anaheim 2, three riders entered the final race of the Triple Crown in a winner-take-all scenario. Sexton, Jason Anderson and Eli Tomac each had a shot at victory. It raised the intensity level for all riders in an evening that featured a lot of comers and goers.

Jason Anderson took the early lead in Race 3, which set him up for the overall victory. Sexton stalked and passed him midway through the race and then a minor mistake late allowed Webb to slip around as well. Anderson’s 5-1-3 gave him second overall.

“I had a tough couple of rounds, getting off that Anaheim 1 crash and then last week weekend I fumbled a little bit, but I’m excited to get back on the box and start moving forward,” Anderson told Jason Thomas.

Anderson finished seventh in the first two rounds of 2023.

RESULTS: How they finished for the 450 Main in Anaheim 2

Ken Roczen was the model of consistency in the opening rounds and at Anaheim 2. In three races so far this year, he’s gotten progressively better each time with a fifth in A1, a fourth last week in San Deigo and a third this week.

With results of 2-3-4, he earned his first podium of the season, which lands him fourth in the standings.

“This was hard earned,” Roczen said after the race. “I completely botched the start and then to have to work my way up. I only happen on the very last lap to step up here on the podium.”

Webb’s solid second-place finish in the third race allowed him to leapfrog several riders and finish fourth overall, but a seventh in Race 1 kept him off the podium. He improved in each race in Anaheim, however, with a 7-4-2.

With a 4-6-5, Dylan Ferrandis rounded out the top five.

The intensity of the race was a little too much for Tomac.

While battling side-by-side with Webb in Race 3 at the one-third mark, Tomac jumped wide and crashed hard. He fell to 14th, doing some damage to his bike in the process. He advanced only one position in that race to 13th. His first two races, a third and second, were strong enough to give him sixth overall. He retains the points lead, but it has shrunk to a gap of only four over Sexton and Webb.

Malcolm Stewart injured late in the week and was not able to mount.


Levi Kitchen became the first rider to unseat Jett Lawrence in the Triple Crown format at Anaheim 2 and won the overall with consistency. In his three races, Kitchen finished 4-2-2 to narrowly edge the winner of the first two races.

“This whole day; this is unbelievable. I took a few good slams in practice and I was down on myself,” Kitchen told NBC Sports Jason Thomas afterward. “The first moto I got a good start and got shuffled back, then I knew I just needed to be consistent.”

Jett Lawrence saved his best for last – which wasn’t hard given the struggles he experienced in the first two races.

Despite those problems, he entered Race 3 of the Triple Crown three points behind Kitchen after suffering a pair of disappointing races by his personal measuring stick. In the first and second 250 races of the night, Lawrence hit the ground. He dropped to the final rider in the running order in Race 2 with a Lap 1 fall. But in both races, he was able to overcome his mistake and close the gap so that he had a chance to take his first Triple Crown win of his career.

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Lawrence rode to third in Race 1 and sixth in Race 2. In the final race of the night, Lawrence did all he could. He earned the holeshot, but when Kitchen fell in behind him, Lawrence’s fate was sealed. His 3-6-1 tied him in points with Stilez Robertson, but the tiebreaker goes to the final round and his win secured second-place.

“I can definitely say Triple Crowns are not my thing,” Lawrence told NBC Sports Will Christien. “We have one more to try and fix this, so hopefully we can get that done.”

Lawrence will move into the 450 class for the Lucas Oil Motocross outdoor season and his 250 record book will be closed.

The best news for Lawrence is the other riders who entered this round in the top three had a worse night, so Lawrence leaves Anaheim with a 16-point gap on Cameron McAdoo and 17 over RJ Hampshire.

Roberston finished 6-1-3 to take the final step of the podium.

“Getting that win in the second Main meant a lot,” Roberston told Thomas. “I wish I could have done a little better in the third one, but we’re still up here on the box.”

Mitchell Oldenburg used consistency to earn fourth in the overall. He finished 5-4-6.

After missing the Main last week in San Diego, Max Vohland finished 7-8-4 to round out the top five.

RJ Hampshire set himself up as the early favorite with his Race 1 win. In Race 2, it all fell apart. He fell in the sand section and damaged his bike, finishing last in that race. The final event of the night for the 250s provided only a 13th-place finish, leaving Hampshire deep in the points.

Cameron McAdoo hard crash in qualification, which was scary news for a team that has seen three of their riders sidelined with injury. McAdoo was never quite able to get his rhythm with an 8-7-5.

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