RoC: Hamilton is top pick for next year

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarTuesday, December 18th, 2007

 
 

Race of Champions organisers have vowed to sign up Lewis Hamilton to next year’s event in a bid to ensure a capacity-crunching sell-out crowd.

This year’s event, featuring top names like Michael Schumacher, Marcus Gronholm, David Coulthard and Andy Priaulx, sold 50,000 seats at Wembley Stadium, a venue with a 90,000 capacity.

It was the first time in the event’s near-20-year history that it had been held in the UK.

There had been talk of Hamilton appearing but a long-standing sponsorship commitment reportedly prevented him from attending.

Speaking to The Scotsman newspaper, event co-founder Fredrik Jonsson said: “There is every chance we will come back [to Wembley]. We had been hoping for a sell-out, but we sold more than 50,000 tickets, which is good.

“I don’t know whether the fact two big football matches were moved to Sunday maybe changed something.

“I’m sure if Lewis had been involved then we would also have had a bigger crowd because he did a fantastic job this year, and he is so popular.

“Lewis has always said he wants to do it, and we certainly hope we can work something out so he can make it next year.”

It is not known whether Hamilton’s McLaren contract allows him to take part, or how the team would regard his participation.

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