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Michael Schumacher (left) with teammate Sebastion Vettel after Team Germany emerged victorious in the ROC Nations Cup


It was an action packed weekend at Thailand as enthusiasts gathered to watch motor sporting greats battle for supremacy at the Race Of Champions 2012 held on December 15-16 at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium. The end-of-season contest was staged for the 25th consecutive year and brought together the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s main disciplines – including Formula 1, World Rally, Touring Cars, Le Mans, MotoGP, Indycar and the X-Games and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery.  



Schumacher (left) and Vettel of Team Germany ecstatic after winning the ROC Nation Cup for the sixth consecutive year


The line-up included the likes of Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Romain Grosjean, David Coulthard, Sebastian Ogier, Jorge lorenzo, Tom Kristensen, Mick Doohan, Andy Priaulx to name a few.  The drivers also paired up for the ROC Nations Cup on Saturday, December 15, before the individual Race Of Champions on Sunday, December 16. They raced in a mix of vehicles which included the Audi R8 LMS, VW Scirocco, Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo and the Toyota GT86 on a purpose-built parallel track.



ROC Nations Cup in progress at Race of Champions 2012

Team Germany's Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel prevailed in the Grand Final against Team France's Sebastien Ogier and Romain Grosjean. First Schumacher defeated Grosjean then Vettel beat rally ace Ogier in the 'battle of the Sebs'. The result meant that the German duo took an incredible ten wins out of ten on the night, matching their combined total of F1 world championships. They have now extended their record of ROC Nations Cup titles to six in a row too.



ROC Nations Cup in progress at Race of Champions 2012


After the victory, Schumacher said, “This is a historic day. It was already very special to win five times in a row but this new record just feels great. The Race Of Champions is a nice event with a nice set-up, there are great guys here and tough competition. We were pretty scared of the guys on Team France but in the end they lost time in the final heats so we were lucky to be consistent the whole way through.”


His teammate Vettel added, “Even Michael hasn’t managed six titles in a row before so this is something special. Six years is a long time and now we can look back and know we’ve won for the last six years. We all love coming here as it’s a special event. It’s a privilege and an honour to race with these guys. There’s one thing that connects us all, which is racing. Now I can look forward to tomorrow and hopefully stay in the competition as long as possible. I’ve tried that for the last five years and haven’t succeeded yet so it would be nice to put my name on that trophy too.”



ROC Nations Cup in progress at Race of Champions 2012


Following Team Germany's victory over Team France in ROC Nations Cup, the Race Of Champions pitted many of the biggest names in motorsport against each other in head-to-head combat in a variety of different cars. French Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean put in a stunning performance to eclipse 15 fellow superstars of motorsport and win the Race Of Champions.


Grosjean overcame Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen in the best-of-three Grand Final to become Champion of Champions for the first time. Kristensen, who also reached the final last year, was chasing his own first individual Race Of Champions title at the 12th attempt. But he was thwarted by the young Frenchman, who won both heats to seal glory.



Romain Grosjean after being crowned Champion of Champions at ROC 2012


An ecstatic Grosjean said, “That’s what I’d call a crazy day! It got a bit tough in the group stages but I managed to make it through. Then I had to face Sebastian Vettel in the quarter-final before Michael Schumacher in the semi-final – the two Germans who beat us in yesterday’s ROC Nations Cup final. Then I had the final with Tom. We’ve had a good history at this event and I’ve raced him before so it was good to face him in the final. I got a bit of extra luck to be in the right car at the right time but it felt good. It’s been a tough end to the F1 season but I finally got back on the podium yesterday, and now this! It’s great to get this win before I head off for a holiday. Thanks to everyone in Thailand because the welcome has been fantastic.”



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