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Ekstrom beats Schumacher to The Race of Champions crown

Thu 05 November 2009

Ekstrom beats Schumacher to The Race of Champions crown

Ekstrom beats Schumacher to The Race of Champions crown


  • Double DTM champion wins his third Race Of Champions title to add to his 2006 and 2007 crowns
  • Seven time-F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher defeated in final

Swede Mattias Ekstrom completed a remarkable hat trick of Race of Champions titles today, beating seven-time F1 World Champion, Michael Schumacher in the final.
 
The double DTM champion added the 2009 crown to the back-to-back ROC titles he won in 2006 and 2007.
 
On his way to the title, Ekstrom won his group over triple World Touring Car champion, Andy Priaulx, five-time Moto GP champion, Mick Doohan and multiple X-Games gold medallist, Travis Pastrana. He beat eight-time Le Mans 24 Hour winner, Tom Kristensen, in the quarter finals and newly crowned F1 World Champion, Jenson Button in the semi-final.
 
Ekstrom put his continuing success at The Race of Champions down to his upbringing: “I was born in the countryside in Sweden and drove lots of different cars as a boy, plus I've also had the pleasure of racing a lot of good touring cars, sportscars and rally cars. That is what makes the difference for me.

“I look across at Michael on the start line and I think 'why should I beat him? His driving his spotless'.  A tenth of a second here and there isn't a lot but sometimes it is enough and driving against Michael is always a pleasure. I always pretend to be thinking about whether to come to The Race of Champions or not but actually I'm never thinking about it.”
 
Schumacher said: “It has been a nice event, all in all, as always. It has the right mixture of seriousness behind the wheel and a relaxed atmosphere in which to meet some good guys.”
 
F1 World Champion Jenson Button reached the semi-finals, having won his group and beaten compatriot, Andy Priaulx, in the quarter finals. The man who was runner-up to Button in the F1 World Championship, Sebastian Vettel, also reached the penultimate round, losing to Schumacher.
 
Full results can be found at www.raceofchampions.com and a race by race account of The Race of Champions 2009 will appear on the site shortly.

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