by Russell Atkins

David Coulthard has vowed to take the fight to erstwhile Formula 1 rival Michael Schumacher in the Race of Champions on home turf in just under a fortnight's time, as he bids to bring the glory back to Britain at Wembley.

Coulthard has a chequered history with Schumacher from the 13 years they spent racing against each other in the top flight, with a number of infamous run-ins both on and off the track. With the event having moved from Paris to the hallowed London stadium for the first time, the Scot - who first competed in the end-of-season spectacular two years ago - is clearly keen to defend British honour in front of what are sure to be throngs of his supporters.

"I'm very much [looking forward to it]," he told Crash.net Radio at the Race of Champions media day. "Now I've had the chance to see the layout of the track, it's certainly much more technical than the one we had in Paris and a lot more challenging, and I think the stadium looks great. Let's hope we get a full crowd and can put on a good show.

"Britain is the home of motorsport, and they've got a great opportunity now with the organiser Fredrik Johnsson bringing the race to Wembley. This is a pretty unique event for people to see ex-Formula 1 drivers like Schumacher racing against NASCAR winners, rally drivers and the like.

"It's always challenging to race against Michael. This is a different format to what I was used to doing with him in that we're on separate tracks, but nonetheless he's competition and we want to beat him."

It is fighting talk, and the 36-year-old will be accompanied in Team Scotland for the outing by Alister McRae, younger brother of the late Colin McRae, whose achievements and 1998 RoC victory will be honoured during the day following his tragic death along with his son Johnny and two family friends in a helicopter accident in September at the age of just 39.

"Colin was a unique character and personality, an ex-World Rally Champion and a good friend," Coulthard said. "He will be sadly missed, but Alister is also an accomplished rally driver, and we'll be doing the best we can to represent Colin's memory."

 

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