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MSV superstars set for Race of Champions

Friday, November 20 2015

Lotus F1 Team Third and Reserve Driver Jolyon Palmer and PalmerSport instructor Bradley Philpot will take a break from their regular roles this weekend at the Race of Champions in London's former Olympic Stadium.

Palmer, son of MSV Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer, is competing in the Race of Champions Nations Cup as part of Team Young Stars tonight (Friday), before battling for individual glory in the main Race of Champions competition tomorrow (Saturday).

Palmer is paired in Team Young Stars with Pascal Wehrlein, and the duo will face-off against Team All-Stars, which comprises Jolyon's Lotus F1 Team colleague Romain Grosjean and Sir Chris Hoy, legendary cyclist-turned-racer, who has been drafted in to replace injured Moto GP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo.

Jolyon will face fellow home racer Alex Buncombe, the current Blancpain GT Series Champion in the opening round of the individual competition.

Philpot, on the other hand, qualified for the competition following a public vote and a shoot-out on Thursday and will kick off his campaign in the Celebrity Skills Challenge this evening, in which he will battle against notable Olympians including Hoy, Sir Ben Ainslie, and Denise Lewis.

Lorenzo's withdrawal has afforded Philpot the opportunity of a lifetime as he will now join the main event line-up tomorrow, facing-off against motorcycle racing legend Mick Doohan in the opening round.

Should the two MSV-affiliated stars progress through the opening round, they are scheduled to meet in the quarter-finals!

Jolyon said: "Barbados was great fun last year and it was a good challenge as well - the first time is always a bit of an eye-opener. That was actually my last real race too, so it's been a while. Of course we don't overtake anyone on this track but you get the competitive feeling I've been missing this year. So it will be good to get out there, hopefully knock some people out and progress.

"It's a great fun event with a good friendly atmosphere but everyone's quite keen to win as well. On this new pursuit track you're definitely aware of the other car from the moment you get out. As you go through the checkpoints, if you're down you throw caution to the wind, if you're up you just make sure you bring it home."

Philpot added: "I'm enjoying the fact that I've got the opportunity to actually be here and take part in this. It's great to drive all these different cars; I'm fortunate that in my line of work I'm often in fast cars on twisty little tracks, so the driving part of it, although it's fun, it's the event that's the main thing for me, I'm loving every second!

"I'm taking it one stage at a time. Tonight, I want to beat everyone that's in the Celebrity Skills Challenge, that's the first task and then tomorrow, I want to beat Mick Doohan, because he's the first person I'm against. That's my target - it'd be great to get through round one at the very least." 

You can follow their progress on Sky Sports F1 and www.autosport.com across the weekend.