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.