2008 Race of Champions
|2008 Race of Champions|
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. There was also a celebrity race, with eight celebrities taking part in Fiat 500 Abarth Assetto Corses. These celebrities were Hoy, boxers Frank Bruno, David Haye, Amir Khan and Enzo Maccarinelli, chef James Martin, footballer Bacary Sagna and singer Shayne Ward.
- Drivers listed with 2008 series in brackets.
|Country||Rally driver||Circuit driver|
|All-Stars||—||Troy Bayliss (World Superbikes)|
|Jaime Alguersuari (British F3)|
|France||Sébastien Loeb (WRC)||Yvan Muller (WTCC)|
|Autosport Great Britain||—||Jenson Button (F1)|
|Andy Priaulx (WTCC)|
|F1 Racing Great Britain||—||David Coulthard (F1)|
|Jason Plato (BTCC)|
|Germany||—||Sebastian Vettel (F1)|
|Michael Schumacher (IDM/F1 testing)|
|Ireland & UK||Gareth MacHale (WRC/ITRC)||Adam Carroll (GP2/A1GP)|
|Scandinavia||—||Mattias Ekström (DTM)|
|Tom Kristensen (DTM/ALMS)|
|USA||—||Carl Edwards (NASCAR)|
|Tanner Foust (Formula D)|
|Autosport Great Britain||2:04.1408||1:51.2288||2:01.6746|
|Autosport Great Britain||2:10.5220||1:53.4400|
|F1 Racing Great Britain||2:06.2057||2:05.8577|
|F1 Racing Great Britain||2:20.8868||2:02.7721|
- "Hamilton to demo McLaren at ROC". Autosport. Retrieved December 13, 2008.
- "Celebrity race to kick off RoC". Autosport. Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Retrieved December 13, 2008.
- "Top Boxers Weigh-In for Abarth Celebrity Bout at Wembley". The Auto Channel. Retrieved December 13, 2008.
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