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Germany retains RoC Nations Cup.

Germany has retained the Race of Champions Nations Cup after Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel teamed up to defeat Scandinavia in the final.

Schumacher had beaten Dane Tom Kristensen in the first rubber, but Mattias Ekstrom levelled the score when he narrowly edged out Vettel in the following heat.

It meant Schumacher was left to go head-to-head with the two-time DTM Champion and RoC specialist Ekstrom, the seven-time Formula 1 World Champion. Something of a grudge match for Schumacher, who lost out to the Swede in the individual final last year, he made the most of an early error by his rival in the RoC car to claim a second consecutive title for his nation.

Germany had enjoyed a fairly easy run to the final after defeating Ireland in the opening round, with Schumacher and Vettel beating Adam Carroll and Gareth McHale respectively.

Their cause was made even easier in the semi-final against the F1 Racing Great Britain team after David Coulthard crashed the KTM X-Bow twice. Schumacher would go on to delight the crowd by slowing down just before the finish line before speeding across the line as a recovering Coulthard comes up to him. Vettel would go on to brush aside Jason Plato to ensure a perfect run to the final for Germany.

Scandinavia, meanwhile, had a slightly more troublesome route to the final after Kristensen was called upon to beat Andy Priaulx in a thrillingly close deciding rubber in the semi-final. Kristensen, who also narrowly beat Jenson Button in the first head-to-head, had been called back when Ekstrom stalled at the start of his match against Priaulx and gave the victory to the WTCC driver.

However, despite losing in the final, Ekstrom did cause the shock of the event so far when he defeated multiple World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb in a WRC Ford Focus during Scandinavia's match against France.

Autosport Team GB and F1 Racing Team GB had reached the semi-final after beating USA and Australia respectively.


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rich ard

December 15, 2008 1:33 PM

josh, the weather may have just been a convenient excuse. did you not hear anthony hamilton tell jardine that "it was political". i wonder which is correct,but knowing previous ill considered publicity stunts, i reckon that a decision was made that the "race" was just downright stupid!

Josh Butler

December 14, 2008 9:14 PM

Having watched the whole thing on TV i thought it was great, and nice to see DC do so well as well as Priaulx beating Ekstrom was another great race. Well done to Schumacher and Vettel on a 2nd straight win and well done to Loeb on his 3rd win. It's a shame the man against machine race didn't go ahead but that's the British weather for you.



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