Who's the best driver in the world? Hard to say when everyone's driving on different machinery in different series... That's what the annual Race of Champions is all about.

The year-end event consistently brings a crop of the top talents from around the racing world to one place where they square off against each other on common, yet varied equipment. And this year's is already shaping up to be one heck of a showdown.

In addition to showboating American hot-shoe Travis Pastrana, the line-up for this year's event has got champions from all kinds of racing disciplines: newly-crowned DTM champ Martin Tomczyk, his rival and two-time champion Mattias Ekstrom, current WRC title contender Sebastien Ogier, reigning GP2 champ Romain Grosjean, three-time WTCC dominator Andy Priaulx and three of F1's top talents: reigning two-time champion Sebastian Vettel, his chief rival (and former champion) Jenson Button and seven-time champion Michael Schumacher.

Last year saw the relatively obscure Felipe Albuquerque – who until then had only won races in A1GP and Italy's Superstars Series – defeat the venerable champions, including Ekstrom who's won the RoC three times, while Schumacher and Vettel took the Nations' Cup team category for Germany for the fourth time running. Will this year's pull a new wild card? Tune in for the race on December 3-4 from the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf to find out.


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      typhoon5000
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yea, that's Sebastien Loeb, not Ogier #corrections
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @typhoon5000
        They weren't naming off people in the picture. They were naming off people who will be racing in this year's RoC. Sebastien Ogier is this year's title contender sitting at 3rd behind Hirvonen and Loeb. This is actually a pretty close title race. There's only 29 points separating 1st through 3rd. #corrections Seriously, this isn't Twitter. Please keep the hashtags there.
          typhoon5000
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I know all about the current WRC title race, I'm an avid rally fan (namely for Ford & Latvala). I don't really see Ogier as a title contender to be honest, unless both Hirvonen and Loab DNF in GB, which is very unlikely. So when I heard title contender from France, I immediately thought of Loab. Why wouldn't they use him for ROC? As for the hashtag, they use that on Jalopnik and other blogs for pointing out corrections in the comments and I wasn't sure if they did it here too, so I threw it in there just in case.
      D-Fence
      • 3 Years Ago
      Guess who got tickets? :D \o/
      Phil T
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hopefully they will get a couple of current 4 wheeler steerers from Oz this year. No offence to Mick Doohan or Chad Reed but neither has achieved at the top level on 4 wheels and against the class of some of the other drivers it is a big disadvantage. Bring on Ambrose, Webber, Power, Lowndes or someone of that ilk.
      gtv4rudy
      • 3 Years Ago
      ... is Travis Pastrana the best we have?
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]