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Anything left for Loeb?

By Samantha Stevens, 28 Sep 2009 Motorsport

Anything left for Loeb?

The man is a freak. Loeb has capped off his fifth WRC crown with an outright win at the Race of Champions yesterday.

Is there anything this man can't do?

Taking home the gold at with his first Rally GB win and securing the manufacturer's championship for Citroen (he won the Driver's Championship by Rally Japan), Sébastien Loeb stayed in England to compete in last weekend's Race of Champions at London's Wembley Stadium - and won.

Despite an early crash, Loeb smacked down fellow freakazoid and previous RoC winner Michael Schumacher, World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx, DTM drier Mattias Ekstrom. and newly-retired F1steerer David Coulthard.

"When you are on the start line, you want to win, but with this event there is not too much pressure. It's a very tight track and you have to give everything you can. I didn't get as much experience as some of the others, as I only did one ROC Nations Cup race (see below for details), but it was a good weekend for me."

Loeb won by 0.3secs.

The six-hour championship transforms Wembley's oval into two kilometre-long parallel tracks, made up of 4 tonnes of asphalt and underlay, and crowned with a 100-tonne cross-over bridge in the centre. Competitors race side by side in the same car to ensure fairness.

Ironically, one of the cars used in the spectacle is a Ford Focus WRC car, allowing the Citroen driver a unique insight into the Ford car's inner workings. On tarmac, anyway.

Other cars that featured were the RoC buggy, an RX150 buggy, an Abarth 500 Assetto Corse, and for the final best-of-three showdown with Coulthard, a KTM X-Bow.

There were also several demo laps by Lewis Hamilton in his McLaren F1 car, and Andy Priaulx in his triple World Touring Car Championship-winning BMW.

Teams of two from the same country also go head-to-head in a round-robin knockout elimination called Nation's Cup.Team Germany retained their title with defending champs Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel at the wheel, beating Team Scandinavia's impressive pairing of seven-time Le Mans 24 hour winner, Tom Kristensen and DTM champ Ekstrom.


Team Germany
Michael Schumacher
Sebastian Vettel

Team Autosport Great Britain
Jenson Button
Andy Priaulx

Team Allstar
Jaime Alguersuari
Troy Bayliss

Team France
Yvan Muller
Sebastien Loeb

Team Scandinavia
Tom Kristensen
Mattias Ekstrom

Team USA
Carl Edwards
Tanner Foust

Team F1 Racing Great Britain
David Coulthard
Jason Plato

Team Ireland