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Vettel and Schumacher win ROC Nations Cup 15 Dec 2008

L-R: Tom Kristensen (DEN); Mattias Ekstrom (SWE); Michael Schumacher (GER; Sebastian Vettel (GER). Race Of Champions, Wembley Stadium, London, England, 14 December 2008. L-R: Adam Carroll (IRE) vs Michael Schumacher (GER) compete in the X-Bow. Race Of Champions, Wembley Stadium, London, England, 14 December 2008. 2008 F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton (GBR) demonstrates a McLaren MP4-23 for the Wembley crowds. Race Of Champions, Wembley Stadium, London, England, 14 December 2008.

Team Germany - comprising Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher - retained their title in the Race Of Champions (ROC) Nations Cup at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday. In the main event, former Red Bull racer David Coulthard narrowly lost out to five-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb.

The reunited pairing of Formula One’s youngest ever race winner Vettel and seven-time world champion Schumacher never looked troubled as they powered undefeated through the Nations Cup heats before beating the Team Scandinavia line-up of Le Mans 24 hour winner Tom Kristensen and former German touring car (DTM) champion Mattias Ekstrom in the final.

In the best-of-three heat ROC final, Coulthard and Loeb took one win apiece before the Scot missed out to the Frenchman by just 0.3 seconds in a nail biting decider contested in purpose-built ROC cars.

The Race Of Champions brings together the best stars of motorsport from around the world to compete on a specially-built tarmac race track in a selection of high-performance cars.

This year’s event also included many demonstration runs, including Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton in his McLaren. Hamilton was scheduled to face off against Beijing Olympic cycling gold medallist Chris Hoy, on his racing bike, in a unique ‘Man versus Machine’ challenge. However, it was called off after concerns about the slippery surface of the track.