16 Dec 07
With one exception, racing drivers dominated the annual Race of Champions, held this year in Britain at the new Wembley stadium.
The exception was part-time rallyman but professional DTM driver Matthias Ekstrom who eventually won the final shootout outright, against seven times Formula One champion Michael Schumacher.
Freezing cold conditions did not deter spectators from attending the two-day event, in which the first part was given over to the Nations Cup.
Germany was represented by Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel and they beat Finland, which was represented by Heikki Kovalainen and Marcus Gronholm.
When Schumacher stalled on the line in his heat of the final, it was left to the younger F1 driver to score wins against the two Finns and gain the title for his country.
In the RoC competition itself, run for individual performances of drivers, Henning Solberg was beaten by Schumacher, Alister McRae by Jenson Button, Petter Solberg by David Coulthard and Gronholm by fellow rallyman Travis Pastrana, all in the first rounds. In the semi final, Pastrana lost out to Ekstrom.
The cars used on the occasion were "RoC specials" (single seater buggies), Aston Martin Vantages, Renault racing touring cars, Ford Focus RS World Rally Cars and Fiat Grand Punto S2000 cars.
The series of Race of Champions began as a tribute to the late Henri Toivonen, but this year the tributes were extended to the memory of Colin McRae as well.