Race Of Champions
14 Dec 2008
Following an exciting event in 2007, the Race Of Champions returned to Wembley Stadium for a second year.
The event began with a series of exhibitions and displays including Formula 1's Lewis Hamilton. The World Champion took to the track in his McLaren Mercedes car with Olympic cycling hero Chris Hoy in the passenger seat. Unfortunately, due to adverse weather conditions, a planned race between Hamilton in his car and Hoy on his bike had to be cancelled but the audience were wowed with a series of manoeuvres from the young motorsport star.
The Nations Cup was a fiercely fought battle between Team Scandinavia and last year's winners Team Germany. Team Scandinavia was made up of last year's Race of Champions winner, Mattias Ekstrom and Tom Kristensen, with Sebastian Vettel and motor racing legend Michael Schumacher representing Germany. Team Germany triumphed in an exciting final and retaining their title.
Team F1 Great Britain fielded two teams made up of David Coulthard, Jenson Button, Andy Priaulx and Jason Plato and managed to reach the semi-final stage of the competition.
Motorbike stunt racers, the X Fighters, returned to Wembley to entertain the crowd with an astonishing display of jumps and tricks on the bikes.
The climax of the event saw each driver battle it out individually to win the Race Of Champions. Britain were continuing on their earlier success in the Nations Cup as both David Coulthard and Andy Priaulx made it through to the semi final stage. Priaulx lost out to Frenchman Sebatian Loeb but Coulthard beat American Carl Edwards in his semi final race - despite crashing in the final turn!
With Coulthard and Loeb both winning a heat each, the final went down to a deciding race between the two drivers. The Wembmley crowd were on their feet cheering for Coulthard who had retired from Formula 1 racing at the end of the 2008 season. But the Frenchman narrowly beat his competitor to cross the finish line first and be crowned Champion of Champions.