2004 Race of Champions

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2004 Race of Champions
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The 2004 Race of Champions took place on December 4 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. Unlike previous events at a gravel course in Gran Canaria, the new Stade de France event was all-tarmac, so road racers became more competitive than rally drivers.

The Nations' Cup underwent some significant changes - nations were now represented by only two competitors instead of three, with the motorcyclists axed. In addition, the rules regarding having one rally driver and one circuit driver were relaxed, leading to some all-circuit driver teams. As the host nation, France was permitted to field two teams.

The individual event was won by a then-relatively unknown Heikki Kovalainen, and the team event by Jean Alesi and Sébastien Loeb representing France. There was also a special "World Champions Challenge" race held between 2004 Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher and 2004 world rally champion Sébastien Loeb, which Schumacher won.


Country Driver 1 Driver 2
Brazil Brazil Felipe Massa Brazil Tony Kanaan
Finland Finland Heikki Kovalainen Finland Marcus Grönholm
France France Jean Alesi France Sébastien Loeb
France (Team PlayStation) France Sébastien Bourdais France Stéphane Sarrazin
Germany Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Armin Schwarz
Great Britain United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Colin McRae
Sweden Sweden Kenny Bräck Sweden Mattias Ekström
USA United States Casey Mears* United States Jimmie Johnson

* - Casey Mears was a last-minute substitute for Jeff Gordon, who was hospitalized with the flu and told not to participate in this event by doctors while at NASCAR's awards banquet in New York City that week.

Race of Champions[edit]

Racing Group[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
ROC Car        
 Finland Heikki Kovalainen  1:45.8988
Ferrari 360 Modena
 United Kingdom David Coulthard  1:56.9983 (penalty)  
 Finland Heikki Kovalainen  1:48.9325
     France Jean Alesi  1:50.6410  
 United States Casey Mears  1:45.4170
Ferrari 360 Modena
 France Jean Alesi  1:44.8707  
 Finland Heikki Kovalainen  1:45.3851
ROC Car    
   Germany Michael Schumacher  1:56.3805 (penalty)
 Sweden Kenny Bräck  1:59.0832 (penalty)
Ferrari 360 Modena
 France Sébastien Bourdais  1:43.9553  
 France Sébastien Bourdais  1:52.5493

     Germany Michael Schumacher  1:49.2940  
 Germany Michael Schumacher  1:43.6905
 Brazil Felipe Massa  1:53.6368 (penalty)  

Rallying Group[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
Citroën Xsara WRC        
 Sweden Mattias Ekström  1:48.7732
Peugeot 307 WRC
 United Kingdom Colin McRae  1:58.7684 (penalty)  
 Sweden Mattias Ekström  1:46.5447
Citroën Xsara WRC
     Finland Marcus Grönholm  1:45.2022  
 France Stéphane Sarrazin  1:47.6678
Citroën Xsara WRC
 Finland Marcus Grönholm  1:46.0241  
 Finland Marcus Grönholm  1:44.6967
Peugeot 307 WRC    
   France Sébastien Loeb  1:44.0306
 United States Jimmie Johnson  2:18.5842 (penalty)
Citroën Xsara WRC
 Germany Armin Schwarz  1:50.7135  
 Germany Armin Schwarz  1:47.3488

Peugeot 307 WRC
     France Sébastien Loeb  1:45.6719  
 France Sébastien Loeb  1:46.4110
 Brazil Tony Kanaan  1:54.8822 (penalty)  


Driver 1 Time 1 Car Driver 2 Time 2
Finland Heikki Kovalainen 1:42.2602 Peugeot 307 WRC France Sébastien Loeb 1:43.0579
Finland Heikki Kovalainen 1:47.4383 Ferrari 360 Modena France Sébastien Loeb 1:55.5842 YC

World Champions Challenge[edit]

Driver 1 Time 1 Car Driver 2 Time 2
Germany Michael Schumacher 1:46.7832 ROC Car France Sébastien Loeb 1:46.9166
Germany Michael Schumacher 1:43.6134 ROC Car France Sébastien Loeb 1:43.3109
Germany Michael Schumacher 1:41.8246 ROC Car France Sébastien Loeb 1:42.7484

The Nations Cup[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 France France  2
 France Team Playstation France  0  
 France France  2
     Brazil Brazil  0  
 Brazil Brazil  2
 Germany Germany  0  
 France France  3
   Finland Finland  2
 United Kingdom Great Britain  2
 United States USA  1  
 United Kingdom Great Britain  0

     Finland Finland  2  
 Finland Finland  2
 Sweden Sweden  0  


Team 1 Time 1 Score Team 2 Time 2 Car
France France 2-0 France Team PlayStation France
Jean Alesi 1:50.3002 Sébastien Bourdais 1:51.2661 Ferrari 360 Modena
Sébastien Loeb 1:44.1263 Stéphane Sarrazin 1:47.5831 Peugeot 307 WRC
Brazil Brazil 2-0 Germany Germany
Felipe Massa 1:50.1074 Michael Schumacher 1:53.7634 Ferrari 360 Modena
Tony Kanaan 1:49.7582 Armin Schwarz 1:50.0430 Citroën Xsara WRC
United Kingdom Great Britain 2-1 United States USA
David Coulthard 1:56.2226 Casey Mears 1:53.5186 Ferrari 360 Modena
Colin McRae 1:53.9080 Jimmie Johnson 2:15.4507 Citroën Xsara WRC
David Coulthard 1:44.7981 Casey Mears 1:45.0045 Ferrari 360 Modena
Finland Finland 2-0 Sweden Sweden
Heikki Kovalainen 1:46.6362 Kenny Bräck 1:51.3292 Ferrari 360 Modena
Marcus Grönholm 1:49.0011 Mattias Ekström 1:49.6333 Citroën Xsara WRC


Team 1 Time 1 Score Team 2 Time 2 Car
France France 2-0 Brazil Brazil
Jean Alesi 1:41.7459 Felipe Massa 1:42.1434 ROC Car
Sébastien Loeb 1:47.0386 Tony Kanaan 1:51.4750 Citroën Xsara WRC
United Kingdom Great Britain 0-2 Finland Finland
David Coulthard 1:43.6151 Heikki Kovalainen 1:41.6780 ROC Car
Colin McRae 1:46.7798 Marcus Grönholm 1:43.8857 Peugeot 307 WRC


Team 1 Time 1 Score Team 2 Time 2 Car
France France 3-2 Finland Finland
Jean Alesi 1:42.2688 Heikki Kovalainen 1:40.8116 ROC Car
Sébastien Loeb 1:44.8087 Marcus Grönholm 1:46.0491 Citroën Xsara WRC
Jean Alesi 1:57.9157 (penalty) Heikki Kovalainen 1:46.8295 Ferrari 360 Modena
Sébastien Loeb 1:43.1858 Marcus Grönholm 1:44.3120 Peugeot 307 WRC
Jean Alesi 2:22.4891 Heikki Kovalainen DNF Ferrari 360 Modena


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