Published: 23 November 2015 Whilst the dust is still settling at the Olympic Stadium and the the rich and famous of the racing world have left, we’re reminiscing on what was one of the best Race of Champions events to date!

This year's Race of Champions event saw its biggest ever digital audience with over 11.23 million social channel engagements over the race weekend and live results and race timings accounting for 10% of the ROC sites digital traffic.

New for the 2015 was the introduction of a new Umbraco CMS platform, enabling the ROC team to more easily update site content for all devices and in partnership with Third Light the ROC website also included a robust digital asset management and hosting functionality, enabling the world's media to source and download high definition photos and videos.

We were out in force at the event with a team of 11 to provide on site support with our hosting partner Wirehive providing 8 servers and 2 load balancers, ensuring the smooth running of this global live digital production with zero outage and zero downtime recorded.

This years event saw over 250,000 users to the website and over 1,000,000 page views over the race weekend and the Sagittarius team were on hand to provide stable technical foundation for the digital appetite of the global fan base with a whopping 60% of traffic being solely from mobile devices.

With celebrities from the cream of UK sport and global racing drivers taking part in this years event, Race of Champions certainly rocked the Olympic stadium this weekend.

Sir Chris Hoy was crowned winner of the celebrity skills challenge and Team England 1 were debut winners of the ROC Nations Cup with Jason Plato and Andy Priaulx taking the chequered flag in Friday nights final.

Petrol head fans were also treated to some TOP SECRET Top Gear filming for the new series hosted by no other than the King of Cars himself, Chris Evans. The event will feature in an episode of the new series launching this month.

Saturdays main event, Race of Champions saw Four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel take the winner's trophy for the first time!

Vettel said: “Of course I’m very happy and honoured to win – but that took a while! A lot of world class racing drivers have won this trophy. I’ve tried to win this many times and failed many times but finally I’ve succeeded.

“What the Race Of Champions gives us is a lot of joy. When we were kids starting to race, we did it for pure joy and this sort of event is a good reminder of that. When you close the visor, ultimately victory is still what drives you. But I’ve tried to win this so many times, today was more like a surprise. We all know this format is very difficult because no one gets much time in the cars so you need to find your rhythm quickly. Today I had the feeling I found it straightaway. It was very cold but it was a great atmosphere so thank you very much to everyone for coming to watch.”

To watch the event highlights, head over the Race of Champions website: or watch the YouTube Channel Race of Champions TV:



Sarah Dennis

Head of Marketing & Communications

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