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2011 Race Of Champions Recap: Video


Sèbastian Ogier, making donuts in Dusseldorf.

Sèbastian Ogier, making donuts in Dusseldorf.

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Another Race of Champions (ROC) is in the books, and this year’s top honor goes to French World Rally Championship driver Sèbastian Ogier. Ogier claimed his first ROC title by beating Danish Le Mans driver Tom Kristensen in Sunday’s individual competition.

Team Germany, which consisted of Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel for this year’s ROC, took its fifth Nations Cup in a row. Schumacher and Vettel edged out Team Nordic (Tom Kristensen and Juho Hänninen) to claim victory in Saturday’s main event.

As Autoweek reports, Team Germany’s place in the final was anything but certain. Schumacher and Vettel squeaked by Team Great Britain (Jenson Button and Andy Priaulx) only after Button spun in a best-of-three showdown against Vettel in the semi-finals.

Team USA, which consisted of Travis Pastrana and Brian Deegan, failed to make the Group A semi-finals, racking up just one win on Saturday. In individual competition, neither Pastrana nor Deegan was able to progress up the ladder, with Pastrana scoring just one win in competition and Deegan returning empty-handed.

The 2011 event marked the 24th running of the ROC, and the drama played out before spectators In Düsseldorf, Germany’s Esprit Arena. This year’s cars consisted of the Audi R8 LMS, the Skoda Fabia Super 2000 and the KTM X-Bow, ensuring that competitors had to master a variety of rides on the slick indoor track.

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  1. Everybody was surprised to see Ogier as a winner as this was the first occasion he participated in the event. Volkswagon would be very happy for such exposure before they start in WRC.

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