2008 Race of Champions

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2008 Race of Champions
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Wembley Stadium panorama during event

The 2008 Race of Champions was the 21st running of the event, and took place on December 14, 2008 at Wembley Stadium, London. Two special races were due to take place during the event, the first of which, with Olympic gold medallist Chris Hoy cycling against the reigning Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton, who was due to be driving a Mercedes road car. However, due to the slippery track at Wembley, Hoy could not take part on the bicycle. Hamilton did demonstrate his championship-winning Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula One car at the event, his first major British public appearance since winning the F1 title.[1] There was also a celebrity race, with eight celebrities taking part in Fiat 500 Abarth Assetto Corses.[2] These celebrities were Hoy, boxers Frank Bruno, David Haye, Amir Khan and Enzo Maccarinelli, chef James Martin, footballer Bacary Sagna and singer Shayne Ward.[3]

Participants[edit]

Team Drivers 2008 series
AustraliaSpain All-Stars Jaime Alguersuari British Formula Three
Troy Bayliss Superbike
 France Sébastien Loeb WRC
Yvan Muller WTCC
 Germany Michael Schumacher none
Sebastian Vettel Formula One
United Kingdom Autosport Great Britain Jenson Button Formula One
Andy Priaulx WTCC
United Kingdom F1 Racing Great Britain David Coulthard Formula One
Jason Plato BTCC
United KingdomRepublic of Ireland Ireland & UK Adam Carroll A1GP
Gareth MacHale ITRC
DenmarkSweden Scandinavia Mattias Ekström DTM
Tom Kristensen DTM
 United States Carl Edwards NASCAR
Tanner Foust Formula D

Cars[edit]

Driver's Cup[edit]

Round of 16 Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
                           
ROC Car            
 Germany Michael Schumacher  1:57.4237
Abarth 500 Assetto Corse
 Denmark Tom Kristensen  1:57.6458  
 Germany Michael Schumacher  2:03.1025
KTM X-Bow
   United States Carl Edwards  2:01.3532  
 United States Carl Edwards  2:03.8596
KTM X-Bow
 Spain Jaime Alguersuari  2:09.4400  
 United States Carl Edwards  1:57.8658
ROC Car
   Scotland David Coulthard  1:58.8682  
 England Jenson Button  2:01.0113
KTM X-Bow
 United States Tanner Foust  2:00.7626  
 United States Tanner Foust  2:17.4159
Abarth 500 Assetto Corse
   Scotland David Coulthard  1:56.1267  
 Scotland David Coulthard  2:01.3962
 Republic of Ireland Gareth MacHale  2:05.4632  
 Scotland David Coulthard  1
Ford Focus RS WRC
   France Sébastien Loeb  2
 Guernsey Andy Priaulx  1:50.0708
Ford Focus RS WRC
 England Jason Plato  1:53.3887  
 Guernsey Andy Priaulx  1:48.5699
ROC Car
   Sweden Mattias Ekström  1:48.6826  
 Sweden Mattias Ekström  1:57.9151
Abarth 500 Assetto Corse
 United Kingdom Adam Carroll  1:59.7404  
 Guernsey Andy Priaulx  1:58.8938
KTM X-Bow
   France Sébastien Loeb  1:57.9127  
 France Sébastien Loeb  2:01.1834
RX Racing RX150
 France Yvan Muller  2:01.7783  
 France Sébastien Loeb  1:58.4506


RX Racing RX150
   Germany Sebastian Vettel  1:59.8578  
 Germany Sebastian Vettel  1:58.5103
 Australia Troy Bayliss  2:01.2981  

Final[edit]

Driver 1 Time 1 Car Driver 2 Time 2
Scotland David Coulthard 1:58.3783 ROC Car France Sébastien Loeb 1:57.1867
Scotland David Coulthard 1:54.8969 KTM X-Bow France Sébastien Loeb 1:55.8669
Scotland David Coulthard 1:54.8498 ROC Car France Sébastien Loeb 1:54.5284

Nations' Cup[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
       
 France France  0
 DenmarkSweden Scandinavia  2  
 DenmarkSweden Scandinavia  2
     United Kingdom Autosport Great Britain  1  
 United States USA  0
 United Kingdom Autosport Great Britain  2  
 DenmarkSweden Scandinavia  1
   
   Germany Germany  2
 United Kingdom F1 Racing Great Britain  2
 AustraliaSpain All-Stars  0  
 United Kingdom F1 Racing Great Britain  0


     Germany Germany  2  
 Germany Germany  2
 Republic of IrelandUnited Kingdom Ireland & UK  0  
 

Quarterfinals[edit]

Team 1 Time 1 Score Team 2 Time 2 Car
France France 0-2 DenmarkSweden Scandinavia
Yvan Muller 2:10.2357 Tom Kristensen 2:08.0568 Abarth 500 Assetto Corse
Sébastien Loeb 1:52.5112 Mattias Ekström 1:52.4182 Ford Focus RS WRC
United States USA 0-2 United Kingdom Autosport Great Britain
Carl Edwards 2:20.6230 Jenson Button 2:10.5220 Abarth 500 Assetto Corse
Tanner Foust 2:05.4963 Andy Priaulx 1:53.4400 Ford Focus RS WRC
United Kingdom F1 Racing Great Britain 2-0 AustraliaSpain All-Stars
David Coulthard 2:06.2057 Jaime Alguersuari 2:09.5030 KTM X-Bow
Jason Plato 2:05.8577 Troy Bayliss 2:17.6845 RX Racing RX150
Germany Germany 2-0 Republic of IrelandUnited Kingdom Ireland & UK
Michael Schumacher 2:02.8599 Adam Carroll 2:06.3634 KTM X-Bow
Sebastian Vettel 2:05.9037 Gareth MacHale 2:09.1824 RX Racing RX150

Semifinals[edit]

Team 1 Time 1 Score Team 2 Time 2 Car
DenmarkSweden Scandinavia 2-1 United Kingdom Autosport Great Britain
Tom Kristensen 2:03.8547 Jenson Button 2:04.1408 Abarth 500 Assetto Corse
Mattias Ekström 1:56.7711 Andy Priaulx 1:51.2288 Ford Focus RS WRC
Tom Kristensen 2:01.5089 Andy Priaulx 2:01.6746 ROC Car
United Kingdom F1 Racing Great Britain 0-2 Germany Germany
David Coulthard 2:20.8868 Michael Schumacher 2:20.1079 KTM X-Bow
Jason Plato 2:02.7721 Sebastian Vettel 2:01.4088 RX Racing RX150

Final[edit]

Team 1 Time 1 Score Team 2 Time 2 Car
DenmarkSweden Scandinavia 1-2 Germany Germany
Tom Kristensen 2:00.4110 Michael Schumacher 2:00.2381 ROC Car
Mattias Ekström 1:59.6465 Sebastian Vettel 2:01.2331 KTM X-Bow
Mattias Ekström 1:59.7265 Michael Schumacher 1:56.5219 ROC Car

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hamilton to demo McLaren at ROC". Autosport. Retrieved December 13, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Celebrity race to kick off RoC". Autosport. Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Retrieved December 13, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Top Boxers Weigh-In for Abarth Celebrity Bout at Wembley". The Auto Channel. Retrieved December 13, 2008. 

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