The Race of Champions (ROC) is an international motorsport event where members of Formula One, World Rally Championship, NASCAR, sportscars, and touring cars race to the finish line in hopes of being crowned number one. The 2011 ROC marked the 24th year running of the race, held in Düsseldorf, Germany’s Esprit Arena. The event ended with Sébastien Ogier claiming his first individual ROC crown. The Nations Cup went to Team Germany’s which consisted of Formula One stars Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.
Cars like the Audi R8 LMS and the KTM X-Bow were the stars of the event, and this video provides the opportunity to see some of the greatest moments from the ROC.
"I’m so happy," said Ogier in an interview with Autoweek. "It was a very nice weekend, and it was already great to be in the final at my first time. There are a lot of cars to learn here and the track as well. But I didn’t do too badly, and I pushed hard all the way. Tom is a really good driver, but to win this race is amazing."
The 2010 installment of theRace of Champions proved to be a very closely fought affair that threw up a surprise winner in debutant Filipe Albuquerque. The 25-year-old Portuguese driver currently pilots an Audi RS4 in the Italian Superstars V8 series and qualified for the RoC 2010 by winning the South Europe contest held this past August.
Relatively unknown in comparison to the star-studded lineup, Albuquerque out drove the likes of seven-time F1 Champion Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost. The rookie found himself in the Grand Final up against veteran WRC Champion and three-time RoC winner, Sebastian Loeb, where he eclipsed the rally ace 2-1 in a tooth and nail head-to-head battle.
The parallel track at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf provided hot and heavy action over the weekends’ events including a quarterfinal that saw a “too cautious” Michael Schumacher losing out to younger compatriot and newly crowned F1 Champion Sebastian Vettel. F1 driver Heikki Kovalainen was involved in a bad crash, but luckily he and his girlfriend - a passenger at the time - are both fine.
Hit the jump for the top drivers’ comments & the Highlights video
Last week we brought you news of the 2010 Race of Champions to be held at the Dusseldorf Football Arena this weekend. If you were still looking for a reason to get a ticket and check it out, here’s one more thanks to VW. The German manufacturer has confirmed their Scirocco R-Cup racer will be put through its paces by the world’s best drivers in head-to-head battle. It doesn’t get much better than that.
The entrance of the Scirocco R Cup car into the ROC is especially newsworthy simply because this will mark the first time a bio natural gas powered vehicle will make a run in the race. Bio natural gas is a 100% natural product created in Germany from biogenous waste materials and its use will reduce the vehicle’s CO2 emissions by 80%. The bio-CNG is a great way to power the Scirocco R Cup, but it would be nothing without pairing itself with the 2.0-liter four cylinder TSI engine to produce 275hp.
The 2010 Race of Champions will feature some of the most successful racers from around the world, but also some of the world’s most famous names: Sébastian Loeb (seven-time World Rally Championship winner and three-time Race of Champions ‘Champion of Champions’), Andy Priaulx (three time WTCC champion), Jason Plato (double British Touring Car Championship winner), Alain Prost (four-time Formula 1 world champion) and the German pairing of seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher and the recently-crowned 2010 Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel.
Press release after the jump.
The most successful race car of all time is set to meet some of the most successful race drivers of all time at this years’ Race of Champions. The event is an absolute riot of fun and includes cars and bikes from all forms of FIA Motorsport. At the end of every year, newly crowned Champions of their respective disciplines are pitted against each other in head to head battle. Drivers are asked to step out of their comfort zone by performing on a make-shift course in cars they don’t usually drive – which makes for interesting and entertaining racing. Not to mention the fact that all around driving skill is absolutely pivotal to success. Ever wondered how Sébastien Loeb would fare against Michael Schumacher, both driving Porsche GT3 Cup cars? Well come November 27th-28th in Dusseldorf we’ll find out.
The 3.8 liter 450 hp 911 GT3 Cup will be one of many uber cool cars being used at this years’ event and American Le Mans winner and ROC newbie, Jeroen Bleekemolen, will hope that he can drive as many heats as possible behind the wheel of his Porsche to gain an advantage over the superstar lineup. Drivers will experience superb handling and 8500RPMs of aural pleasure that is rivaled by few other cars. Traditionally, the course is tight and will allow the GT3’s handling ability to come to the fore. We look forward to all the action.
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Although the Race of Champions took place last December in London’s Webley Stadium, Discovery Channel’s HD Theater has just begun to run the special on television here in the U.S. The Race of Champions is organized by Group B legend Michelle Mouton and allows drivers from every discipline of motorsport to represent their home country in teams of two competing for the Nations Cup and by the end crowns one driver as the overall champion. Drivers compete side by side on special stages in machines ranging from off-road buggies to the open air KTM XBow to fully built Ford Focus WRC cars.
The event is as much about racing as it is entertaining the crowd. F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton made a few demonstration laps in his Mclaren machine and said a few words to his countrymen and the Scotsman David Coulthard showed off his Red Bull F1 machine. Taking a page out of BMW’s Z4 ad campaign, the two F1 drivers used their machines as paintbrushes to create automotive inspired pieces of artwork that were later auctioned off to support cerebral disorders. The action carried over onto two wheels when the Red Bull X fighters entertained the crowd with their high flying motocross antics.
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The Race of Champions (ROC) will take place on the Wembley Stadium in December and the organisers confirmed the participation of the Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher.Schumacher will compete once again next to other big drivers like David Coulthard, Jenson Button and the rally legend Colin McRae.
Schumacher raced in 2004 at Paris’ Stade de France, where he won in front of Sebastien Loeb,the rally champion but lost the race,being defeated by Renault’s F1-driver Heikki Kovalainen. “ (...)