Will an F1 driver win the RoC 2008?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastien Loeb and Michael Schumacher at the Race of Champions 2004
Sebastien Loeb and Michael Schumacher at the Race of Champions 2004

Tomorrow sees the 21st running of the annual Race of Champions, which takes place at Wembley Stadium.

The event pitches drivers from a range of motor racing disciplines against each other. But so far it has never been won by an active or former F1 driver. With Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button and David Coulthard competing this year will that change tomorrow?

Here are the drivers competing in the 2008 Race of Champions:

Michael Schumacher (F1)
Sebastian Vettel (F1)
Jenson Button (F1)
Andy Priaulx (WTCC)
Jaime Alguersuari (F3)
Troy Bayliss (Moto GP)
Yvan Muller (WTCC)
Sebastien Loeb (WRC) (2x RoC winner)
Tom Kristensen (DTM / Sportscars)
Mattias Ekstrom (DTM) (2x RoC winner)
Carl Edwards (NASCAR)
Tanner Foust (Formula D)
David Coulthard (F1)
Jason Plato (BTCC)
Adam Carroll (A1 Grand Prix)
Gareth MacHale (Rally)

Heikki Kovalainen won the Race of Champions in 2004, but that was before he became an F1 driver. Michael Schumacher made it to the final last year but was defeated by Mattias Ekstrom.

The Race of Champions was born as a rallying competition but has grown to include drivers from a wealth of competitions. Mark Webber was also scheduled to participate this year but the broken leg he suffered last month has ruled him out of competition.

Will an ex-F1 driver finally with the Race of Champions this year? Here’s the draw for the first round of the knockout competition:

Michael Schumacher vs Tom Kristensen
Carl Edwards vs Jaime Alguersuari
Jenson Button vs Tanner Foust
David Coulthard vs Gareth MacHale
Andy Priaulx vs Jason Plato
Mattias Ekstrom vs Adam Carroll
Sebastien Loeb vs Yvan Muller
Sebastian Vettel vs Troy Bayliss

You can watch the event live online on Autosport tomorrow.

See images and video of the 2008 Race of Champions track here: Wembley Stadium to host all-star motor race