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Click above for high-res gallery from the 2008 Race of Champions

Yesterday marked the running of the 2008 Race of Champions, an annual event that hosts the world's best drivers from NASCAR, F1, WRCC, LeMans racing and every other legitimate form of four-wheeled competition in the world. The purpose is to race these pilots against each other on an identical track in identical vehicles to find out both which country produces the fastest drivers and which driver is the fastest them of all. This year's arsenal of autos included the KTM X-Bow, Abarth 500 Assetto Corso, 2008 Ford WRC Focus, RX 150 and purpose-built RoC buggy.

Follow the jump for a rundown of the winners and losers as well as video highlights, and check out some great pics of yesterday's action in the gallery below.

  • LONDON - DECEMBER 14: Former Red Bull Racing F1 driver David Coulthard of Scotland (R) drives during The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 14, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • Britain's Jenson Button (front) and USA's Tanner Foust take part in the Race of Champions event at Wembley Stadium on December 14, 2008. The Race of Champions is an international motorsport event held at the end of each year, featuring some of the world's best racing and rally drivers. The race is unique in that it pits specialists from Formula One, World Rally Championship, NASCAR, Le Mans and touring car championships against each other, head-to-head in identical cars. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
  • 13 times F1 Grand Prix Winner David Coulthard (L) wins his race against 2007 NASCAR Busch Series winner Carl Edwards (R) even after damaging his right front wheel on the final corner during the Race of Champions event at Wembley Stadium on December 14, 2008. The Race of Champions is an international motorsport event held at the end of each year, featuring some of the world's best racing and rally drivers. The race is unique in that it pits specialists from Formula One, World Rally Championship, NASCAR, Le Mans and touring car championships against each other, head-to-head in identical cars. AFP PHOTO/Ian Kington (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Britain's David Coulthard (front) and Ireland's Gareth McHale take part in the Race of Champions event at Wembley Stadium on December 14, 2008. The Race of Champions is an international motorsport event held at the end of each year, featuring some of the world's best racing and rally drivers. The race is unique in that it pits specialists from Formula One, World Rally Championship, NASCAR, Le Mans and touring car championships against each other, head-to-head in identical cars. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Sebastien Loeb of France competes against Yven Muller of France (not pictured) during the Race of Champions event at Wembley Stadium on December 14, 2008. The Race of Champions is an international motorsport event held at the end of each year, featuring some of the world's best racing and rally drivers. The race is unique in that it pits specialists from Formula One, World Rally Championship, NASCAR, Le Mans and touring car championships against each other, head-to-head in identical cars. AFP PHOTO/Ian Kington (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)
  • France's Sebastien Loeb takes first place in the Race of Champions event at Wembley Stadium on December 14, 2008. The Race of Champions is an international motorsport event held at the end of each year, featuring some of the world's best racing and rally drivers. The race is unique in that it pits specialists from Formula One, World Rally Championship, NASCAR, Le Mans and touring car championships against each other, head-to-head in identical cars. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Sebastien Loeb of France (R) crashes into the barrier during his race against Yven Muller of France(L) but still wins the rac during the Race of Champions event at Wembley Stadium on December 14, 2008. The Race of Champions is an international motorsport event held at the end of each year, featuring some of the world's best racing and rally drivers. The race is unique in that it pits specialists from Formula One, World Rally Championship, NASCAR, Le Mans and touring car championships against each other, head-to-head in identical cars. AFP PHOTO/Ian Kington (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 14: Former Red Bull Racing F1 driver David Coulthard of Scotland (top) drives during The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 14, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • German Sebastian Vettel (R) and German Michael Schumacher (2R) lift their trophy after winning the Nations Cup event next to second placed Sweden's Mattias Ekstrom (2L) and Danemark's Tom Kristensen (L) during the Race of Champions event at Wembley Stadium on December 14, 2008. The Race of Champions is an international motorsport event held at the end of each year, featuring some of the world's best racing and rally drivers. The race is unique in that it pits specialists from Formula One, World Rally Championship, NASCAR, Le Mans and touring car championships against each other, head-to-head in identical cars. AFP PHOTO/Ian Kington (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 14: Second placed former Red Bull Racing F1 driver David Coulthard (L) of Scotland and first placed World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb of France celebrate on the podium following The Race of Champions individual event at Wembley Stadium on December 14, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 14: Former Red Bull Racing F1 driver David Coulthard of Scotland celebrates finishing second with cheerleaders following The Race of Champions individual event at Wembley Stadium on December 14, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • France's Sebastien Loeb celebrates taking first place in the Race of Champions event at Wembley Stadium on December 14, 2008. The Race of Champions is an international motorsport event held at the end of each year, featuring some of the world's best racing and rally drivers. The race is unique in that it pits specialists from Formula One, World Rally Championship, NASCAR, Le Mans and touring car championships against each other, head-to-head in identical cars. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 14: Former Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher (L) of Germany talks with World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb (R) of France during The Race of Champions event at Wembley Stadium on December 14, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 14: Former Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher of Team Germany wins the deciding heat to win the Nations Cup in partnership with fellow countryman Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing during The Race of Champions event at Wembley Stadium on December 14, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 14: Drivers compete during The Race of Champions event at Wembley Stadium on December 14, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 14: Drivers compete during The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 14, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)


The 2008 RoC was once against held at Wembley Stadium in the UK, but unlike last year and the year before, the fastest man alive was not DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom. The two-time RoC champ was surprisingly knocked out in the semi-finals. Another surprising elimination was that of Michael Schumacher, who was shown the door by none other than NASCAR's Carl Edwards in the second round. Schumacher, however, did drive live up to his god-like reputation during the competition for the RoC Nations Cup, which he and partner Sebastian Vettel won on behalf of Germania.


Runner up David Coulthard and 2008 RoC Champion Sebastian Loeb

In the end it came down to a best-of-three series between five-time WRC Champion Sebastian Loeb and F1 great David Coulthard. We happened to catch the final battle being live-streamed on Freecaster.tv and were glad we did. Loeb eeked out the championship in the end, but it took him all three races to do it against the formidable Coulthard.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Very good race.

      I would love to tear up a track in a KTM X-Bow...

      On another note: is it just me or does the blonde on the front row (Left side) of pic 11 have a very weird eye?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The collection of world-class drivers here is amazing, and I think Loeb is a deserving champion. He proved himself to be the Schumacher, or Rossi, of Rallying, and has shown promising pace in Formula 1 testing.

      Some amazing races in the Nations cup, too, and Schumacher absolutely dominated the last heat in the buggies. Vettel proved his point too in the X-Bow.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This series crowns a king of auto racing like the SAP Tennis Open crowns a king of tennis.

      It is an invitation, pay for appearance event.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Talent shines through in this series. See Edwards for an example (Michael did not look happy). But overall the format and the cars suit the professional rally drivers. Not much one can do about it in an arena type format.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. Tanner Faust (sp?) beat Jenson Button in one stage.
      • 6 Years Ago
      good race. but is it just me or did the ktms look kinda slow and boring? i mean by the looks of it it was very understeery, and if they were all oversteering and drifting around corners, i would have found it more interesting, even though i know itd be slower.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone else find the advert-break after every race format highly annoying?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I knew Loeb was gonna win it. However, i wasnt suspecting Schumacher would be ousted by a NASCAR driver....
        • 6 Years Ago
        to VP and Chase - It's not that NASCAR drivers aren't real drivers (although I suspect some of them aren't), it's more that in a competition that involves both left and right turns, you don't expect someone who races in a series with 99% left turns to do well.
        • 6 Years Ago
        VP: Those were exactly the words I was looking for...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why because somebody who drives in NASCAR isn't a real driver?
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