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 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
ROC Car
 
 
Germany Michael Schumacher1:57.4237
 
Abarth 500 Assetto Corse
 
Denmark Tom Kristensen1:57.6458
 
Germany Michael Schumacher2:03.1025
 
KTM X-Bow
 
United States Carl Edwards2:01.3532
 
United States Carl Edwards2:03.8596
 
KTM X-Bow
 
Spain Jaime Alguersuari2:09.4400
 
United States Carl Edwards1:57.8658
 
ROC Car
 
Scotland David Coulthard1:58.8682
 
England Jenson Button2:01.0113
 
KTM X-Bow
 
United States Tanner Foust2:00.7626
 
United States Tanner Foust2:17.4159
 
Abarth 500 Assetto Corse
 
Scotland David Coulthard1:56.1267
 
Scotland David Coulthard2:01.3962
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland Gareth MacHale2:05.4632
 
Scotland David Coulthard1
 
Ford Focus RS WRC
 
France Sébastien Loeb2
 
Guernsey Andy Priaulx1:50.0708
 
Ford Focus RS WRC
 
England Jason Plato1:53.3887
 
Guernsey Andy Priaulx1:48.5699
 
ROC Car
 
Sweden Mattias Ekström1:48.6826
 
Sweden Mattias Ekström1:57.9151
 
Abarth 500 Assetto Corse
 
United Kingdom Adam Carroll1:59.7404
 
Guernsey Andy Priaulx1:58.8938
 
KTM X-Bow
 
France Sébastien Loeb1:57.9127
 
France Sébastien Loeb2:01.1834
 
RX Racing RX150
 
France Yvan Muller2:01.7783
 
France Sébastien Loeb1:58.4506
 
RX Racing RX150
 
Germany Sebastian Vettel1:59.8578
 
Germany Sebastian Vettel1:58.5103
 
 
Australia Troy Bayliss2:01.2981
 

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-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
France France0
 
 
 
DenmarkSweden Scandinavia2
 
DenmarkSweden Scandinavia2
 
 
 
United Kingdom Autosport Great Britain1
 
United States USA0
 
 
 
United Kingdom Autosport Great Britain2
 
DenmarkSweden Scandinavia1
 
 
 
Germany Germany2
 
United Kingdom F1 Racing Great Britain2
 
 
 
AustraliaSpain All-Stars0
 
United Kingdom F1 Racing Great Britain0
 
 
 
Germany Germany2
 
Germany Germany2
 
 
Republic of IrelandUnited Kingdom Ireland & UK0
 

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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