• Dec 15, 2008
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.

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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