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The premise of the Race of Champions is simple: take the best drivers in the world and have them compete on equal terms. Drivers from Formula 1, DTM, WRC and more go head-to-head in the same cars on the same track with personal and national pride at stake. Drivers face off in a trio of different vehicles per round, with the best-of-three winner moving on to the next round. Recent winners include 2004 DTM champion Mattias Ekström, 2004-2006 WRC champ Sebastien Loeb, and Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen. Results from this year's Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium in England can be found after the jump, and plenty of action photos can be viewed in the gallery below.

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  • A driver burns the rubber as he does an exhibition lap of the track in a break during the Race of Champions Nations Cup at Wembley Stadium, London, 16 December 2007 . The ROC Nations Cup aims to determine the fastest country in the world, with two drivers from each pitted against each other in identical cars. This year The Race of Champions is being held at Wembley Stadium, and the famous landmark has been transformed into a parallel track, using 1,800 tons of tarmac, for the unique event. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Scuderia Toro Rosso is congratulated by his team mate Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher after their victory in The Race of Champions Nations Cup at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher (L) of Germany competes against new Mclaren Mercedes driver Heikki Kovalainen (R) of Finland during The Race of Champions Nations Cup at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: A general view of cars in action during the Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher of Germany competes during The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: New Mclaren Mercedes driver Heikki Kovalainen of Finland competes during The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Mattias Ekstrom of Sweden in action during the Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Andy Priaulx of England wins his heat as Heikki Kovalainen of Finland spins during the Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher of Germany competes during The Race of Champions final at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher of Germany competes on his way to finishing second during The Race of Champions finals at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher of Germany competes on his way to finishing second during The Race of Champions finals at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Mattias Ekstrom of Sweden celebrates by doing wheelspins following his victory for the second year running in the finals of The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Mattias Ekstrom of Sweden competes on his way to victory in the finals of The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: First placed Mattias Ekstrom (right) of Sweden races alongside second placed former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher (left) of Germany in the finals of The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • Swedish driver Mattias Ekstrom heads towards gold position in the Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium, 16 December 2007 . Created in 1988 by Fredrik Johnsson, President of IMP, and the world?s greatest lady rally driver Mich?le Mouton, The Race of Champions was originally conceived as the ultimate shoot-out between the top international rally stars. Over the years it has also proved popular with the biggest stars from all the major motor sport disciplines, including F1, World Rally, NASCAR, Le Mans, Indy500, Champ Car, DTM and WTCC. This year, The Race of Champions is being held at Wembley Stadium, London, and the famous landmark has been transformed into a parallel track, using 1,800 tons of tarmac, for the unique event. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: First placed Mattias Ekstrom (right) of Sweden and second placed former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher (left) of Germany celebrate following the finals of The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher (L) of Germany congratulates Mattias Ekstrom (R) of Sweden on his victory in the final of The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • Swedish driver Mattias Ekstrom (R) celebrates winning the Race of Champions with runner-up Michael Schumacher (L) at Wembley Stadium, 16 December 2007 . Created in 1988 by Fredrik Johnsson, President of IMP, and the world?s greatest lady rally driver Mich?le Mouton, The Race of Champions was originally conceived as the ultimate shoot-out between the top international rally stars. Over the years it has also proved popular with the biggest stars from all the major motor sport disciplines, including F1, World Rally, NASCAR, Le Mans, Indy500, Champ Car, DTM and WTCC. This year, The Race of Champions is being held at Wembley Stadium, London, and the famous landmark has been transformed into a parallel track, using 1,800 tons of tarmac, for the unique event. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Swedish driver Mattias Ekstrom (L) celebrates winning the Race of Champions with runner-up Michael Schumacher (R) at Wembley Stadium, 16 December 2007 . Created in 1988 by Fredrik Johnsson, President of IMP, and the world?s greatest lady rally driver Mich?le Mouton, The Race of Champions was originally conceived as the ultimate shoot-out between the top international rally stars. Over the years it has also proved popular with the biggest stars from all the major motor sport disciplines, including F1, World Rally, NASCAR, Le Mans, Indy500, Champ Car, DTM and WTCC. This year, The Race of Champions is being held at Wembley Stadium, London, and the famous landmark has been transformed into a parallel track, using 1,800 tons of tarmac, for the unique event. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Swedish driver Mattias Ekstrom (L) celebrates winning the Race of Champions with runner-up Michael Schumacher (R) at Wembley Stadium, 16 December 2007 . Created in 1988 by Fredrik Johnsson, President of IMP, and the world?s greatest lady rally driver Mich?le Mouton, The Race of Champions was originally conceived as the ultimate shoot-out between the top international rally stars. Over the years it has also proved popular with the biggest stars from all the major motor sport disciplines, including F1, World Rally, NASCAR, Le Mans, Indy500, Champ Car, DTM and WTCC. This year, The Race of Champions is being held at Wembley Stadium, London, and the famous landmark has been transformed into a parallel track, using 1,800 tons of tarmac, for the unique event. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)


When it came to the last men standing for the final round, it was reigning ROC champion Mattias Ekström against the retired 5-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher. Ekström had conquered Tom Kristensen, Travis Pastrana, and current World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx, while Schumacher had outpaced Rally driver Henning Solberg, fellow F1 driver Jenson Button, and three-time Champ Car winner Sébastien Bourdais. Ekström and Schumacher split the first two races in the final round, but it was Ekström who eventually took the win as Schumacher fell behind and spun on the last turn while pushing to catch up. As a consolation, Schumacher, along with fellow countryman Sebastian Vettel, claimed the ROC Nations Cup for Germany. You can view a video of the final round, as well as other ROC videos at the Race of Champions web site.



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