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Race of Champions 2010 // Gathering together the best (and available) drivers in an end of year head to head

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It is that time of year again, when the best of the world of motorsport congregate together to crown the champion of champions. Except of course, it is only those who are available and allowed to participate, and they are not all champions. That doesn't make it any less fabulous though. This year, the competition takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany, with the Nations Cup this evening at 6pm GMT, and the Race of Champions tomorrow at 1pm GMT.

Last year, the event took place in Beijing, and it was in the middle of the week which made it a bit awkward. However, there was still some exciting action to behold, with Mattias Ekström winning the individual event, and Team Germany taking the Nations Cup crown (thanks to Vettel and Schumacher).

This year, both Vettel and Schumacher return to action, with appearances from Loeb, the ever-popular Tanner Foust, and Amy's favourite Heikki Kovalainen.

The track is the same twisting crossover layout as it has been for the last few competitions, as demonstrated by this video.

It quite boggles my mind, that track.

The worldwide live video stream is embedded above, but this year they have put a paywall up. At 4.99 EUR for two days entertainment, the price is reasonable, and it's very easy to do - Paypal is accepted. Just head over to the Freecaster.tv site to get yourself logged in.

Coverage is also available to UK viewers for free on Motors TV. The RoC have their own YouTube channel as well, and it looks like there are plenty of videos to enjoy, including helmet cam!

We're anticipating some live timing of the event, which will be interesting, considering how fast it all happens. Hopefully, I'll be able to link to that soon. I will be on station in the Factbyte Factbox for both days, and I hope you will join us in the comments below.

As it happened: Race of Champions 2010 - Nations Cup

  • 17:30

    Well hello there, what is this? More Factbyte Factboxing? Yes sirree. Today is the Race of Champions - Nations Cup.

  • 17:31

    After it's questionable mid-week outing in 2009, the RoC is back on in it's proper weekend slot, with the Nations Cup today, and the individual competition tomorrow.

  • 17:32

    I'll be here for both, and we'll have a live thread on Sidepodcast for both as well. Here's the thread for today: https://sidepodcast.com/post/live-race-of-champions-2010-nations-cup

  • 17:33

    As ever, we highly recommend the Dashboard, as you can follow comments, this FBFB and an embed of the stream if you have access to it. https://sidepodcast.com/dashboard

  • 17:33

    There is also coverage on Motors TV, but I'm not sure how you get hold of that channel. If you've got it, though, you're in luck!

  • 17:34

    It is definitely worth following @RaceOfChampions on Twitter, as they are providing lots of great info.

  • 17:35

    The Nations Cup

  • 17:35

    Going into battle today we have Germany, France, Nordic, Great Britain, USA, All Stars, Portugal and Benelux.

  • 17:36

    I didn't know what Benelux was - apparently it's an economic union between Belgium, Netherlands and Luxumberg. Learn something new every day, you know.

  • 17:36

    I'm pretty sure All Stars is not a nation.

  • 17:37

    Would you like to know what drivers will be appearing also? Go on, then. You've twisted my arm.

  • 17:37

    First up, we have Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel. They won it last year for Team Germany, so are back defending their title.

  • 17:38

    Team France = Alain Prost and Sébastien Loeb.

    Team Nordic = Tom Kristensen and Heikki Kovalainen.

  • 17:38

    QuoteComment from RG: The All Stars in the Nations Cup is basically like the Unicorns in English cricket, they couldn't find enough teams so they made one up to make up the numbers.

  • 17:38

    Team GB = Andy Priaulx and Jason Plato

    Team USA = Travis Pastrana and Carl Edwards

  • 17:39

    The track layoutA photo from @stephen_kremer showing the track ahead of the action.

  • 17:39

    Team Portugal = Alvaro Parente and Filipe Alberqueque

    Team Benelux = Bertrand Baguette and Jeroen Bleekemolen

  • 17:40

    Wait a minute. Albuquerque.

  • 17:40

    That's a hard one to type.

  • 17:41

    That being the case, I've decided Edwards is my favourite.

  • 17:42

    The Nations will be split into two groups A and B, with a round robin competition in the first instance, leading to knockout semi-finals and the big final.

  • 17:43

    Group A comprises France, Nordic, Portugal and GB, whilst Group B has Germany, USA, All Stars and Benelux.

  • 17:44

    QuoteComment from Lukeh: Katherine has told us to cheer on team nordic so they are my team of choice. Go Heikki!

  • 17:46

    For anyone watching online, the live stream has started. There are cheerleaders waving their pompoms. Interesting.

  • 17:48

    The drivers are completing their parade - each Nation driven in a car with yet more cheerleaders and pompoms waving.

  • 17:48

    They are carrying flags, which is quite useful, but most cars have two different flags in which makes a bit of a mockery of the concept!

  • 17:49

    Team NordicTeam Nordic - Heikki and Tom.

  • 17:49

    I think there will be a variety of cars, as per usual. The only one I can recall is the X-Factor one.

  • 17:50

    X-Bow.

  • 17:51

    Schumacher is driving his and Vettel's car - one of the X-Bow ones. He pauses for a moment to do a donut for the crowd.

  • 17:52

    Being held in Düsseldorf, and being defending champs, you can imagine that the Schumi/Vettel combo are quite popular.

  • 17:52

    The drivers hop out of their cars and are now posing on the stage for a group photo.

  • 17:52

    I seem to recall Tanner Foust being pretty popular in previous years. Maybe because of his drifting abilities.

  • 17:53

    Vettel did take a passenger around the course earlier, and manage to bin it on the crossover section. Urgent repairs were needed, and probably a strong cup of tea for the passenger!

  • 17:56

    Tweet@MartinHaven: The two Sebs - our newest World Champions, sharing a joke and VET admits to organiser Fredrik Jonsson, 'I'm so tired'

  • 17:57

    A cold looking Heikki rubs his hands, either in preparation, or just to keep warm.

  • 17:58

    Schumacher looks very relaxed and happy.

  • 17:59

    Prost comments to Heikki about the cold. Must be pretty chilly.

  • 18:00

    They are playing the ROC theme now. I must say "the R, the O, the C" actually haunts my dreams.

  • 18:02

    Electric cars to take to the track for the first time, this year.

  • 18:02

    Apparently, Portugal won their appearance here by winning a different Race of Champions. I didn't realise there was qualifying!

  • 18:03

    USA vs Germany coming up first.

  • 18:04

    Actually, that's a lie. It is Prost vs Heikki.

  • 18:04
    Round 1
    Francevs.Nordic
    Alain ProstHeikki Kovalainen
  • 18:05

    This is the Solution F Prototype.

  • 18:05

    Green flagRace started.

  • 18:05

    I imagine you're just going to see a lot of green flag, chequered flags now. It all happens quite quickly.

  • 18:06

    The nature of the track also makes it hard to judge where they are until the end, but it looks like Heikki is ahead at the moment.

  • 18:06

    They cross the start finish line four times. I may introduce the lap counter next time round!

  • 18:06

    Chequered flagRace complete.

  • 18:06

    Heikki wins.

  • 18:07
    Group A, Race 2
    Francevs.Nordic
    Sebastien LoebTom Kristensen
  • 18:07

    Green flagRace started.

  • 18:08

    These are Porsche 911's. They look faster than the previous ones.

  • 18:08

    It's close as they cross the line the second time. Loeb may be slightly ahead.

  • 18:09

    Chequered flagRace complete.

  • 18:09

    Loeb wins! One all between Nordic and France.

  • 18:10

    I'm not sure what is happening now.

  • 18:11
    Group A, Race 3
    Portugalvs.Great Britain
    Parente
    Plato
  • 18:12

    They are just taking their places.

  • 18:12

    Back to the Solution Fs.

  • 18:13

    Green flagRace started.

  • 18:13

    Portugal had a rocking start.

  • 18:13

    It's a six-speed gearbox in the cars, but you rarely get out of second around here. So says Martin Haven.

  • 18:14

    Parente is ahead, and Plato makes a mistake, losing the back end over the bridge.

  • 18:14

    Chequered flagRace complete.

  • 18:14

    One to Portugal.

  • 18:15
    Race 3
    Results
    PosCountryTime
    1stPortugal1:10.8405
    2ndGreat Britain1:11.9223
  • 18:15
    Group A, Race 4
    Portugalvs.Great Britain
    Alburquerque
    Priaulx
  • 18:16

    Back in the Porsche cars once more. I like these ones better.

  • 18:17

    GB need to win this one. Priaulx looks ahead right now.

  • 18:17

    Haven says these cars are really grippy at the back and you have to be brutal with them.

  • 18:17

    Chequered flagRace complete.

  • 18:18

    Priaulx wins by miles, well over two seconds.

  • 18:18

    Something is leaking in the Porsche, apparently. Priaulx is leaving a wet line on the inside lane.

  • 18:19

    They're showing replays of the last race now, presumably while the next group get ready. Who will be next though? I have no idea.

  • 18:19

    Are we doing deciders? Each team has a win so far.

  • 18:20

    It's almost like the last four races were a waste of time, but I would never say such a thing. 'hem.

  • 18:20

    Replays show Priaulx hit the kerb and that's caused some possible radiator damage, hence the leaking. He did well to win from that!

  • 18:20

    Andy victory lapAndy's victory lap.

  • 18:21

    The officials are just checking the kerbing, which looks okay.

  • 18:21

    It's not water on track, but coolant, which is more slippery on track. I worry for who takes that track next time.

  • 18:22

    We have lost our video stream. This could be a problem.

  • 18:24

    Unfortunately I cannot tell you anything. We were reliant on the Freecaster stream which has failed. Bear with us.

  • 18:26

    It doesn't look like it's coming back anytime soon, either. Oh well.

  • 18:32

    We appear to be back, but I have no idea what we've missed.

  • 18:33
    Group A, Race 7
    Portugalvs.Nordic
    Alburquerque
    Kovalainen
  • 18:33

    They are in a Chiroco? Chirroco? One of them is orange, anyways.

  • 18:33

    Scirocco. WHAT IS THAT??

  • 18:34

    I missed a green flag. Oops.

  • 18:34

    These cars do have cool LEDs that show whether they have used push to pass or not.

  • 18:34

    Chequered flagRace complete.

  • 18:34

    Kovalainen wins. Don't know what that means, but well done Heikki!

  • 18:34

    QuoteComment from lou: @fbfb Team GB have done enough to get through to the next round.

  • 18:36
    Group A, Race 8
    Portugalvs.Nordic
    Alburquerque
    Kristensen
  • 18:37

    These are some weirdo FJ-Racing cars.

  • 18:37

    They look pretty slippery, these cars.

  • 18:38

    I missed the green flag again! Damn.

  • 18:38

    Chequered flagRace complete.

  • 18:38

    Alburquerque wins! I still can't spell his name. Gah.

  • 18:38

    Now we're on a tie-break between Nordic and Portugal, it seems.

  • 18:39

    The driver with the biggest winning gap will go through, I think.

  • 18:39

    The X-Bows!

  • 18:42
    Group A, Race 9
    Portugalvs.France
    Parante
    Prost
  • 18:42

    Green flagRace started.

  • 18:43

    Portugal have a puncture!

  • 18:43

    Ah, he has broken a drive shaft. Automatic win for France.

  • 18:43

    Assuming Prost gets to the end, of course.

  • 18:44

    Replays show Parante lost control going under the bridge and smacked into the wall.

  • 18:45

    He may or may not have had a puncture or a mechanical problem which caused him to lose control, rather than driver error.

  • 18:46

    Audi cars up next.

  • 18:49
    Group A, Race 10
    Portugalvs.France
    AlbuquerqueLoeb
  • 18:49

    Green flagRace started.

  • 18:50

    They have a camera on the rear wing, which is an incredible view.

  • 18:50

    Loeb may be slightly ahead.

  • 18:51

    Chequered flagRace complete.

  • 18:51

    A win for France.

  • 18:52

    At the circuit, they're still undecided how to deal with tiebreakers. It's hard to live comment and fathom something that the organisers don't know either.

  • 18:52
    Group A, Race 11
    Great Britainvs.Nordic
    PlatoKovalainen
  • 18:53

    Green flagRace started.

  • 18:53

    These are the X-Bows again.

  • 18:54

    Chequered flagRace complete.

  • 18:54

    Kovalainen wins.

  • 18:57
    Group A, Race 12
    Great Britainvs.Nordic
    PriaulxKristensen
  • 18:57

    They are in the Audis, again.

  • 18:57

    Green flagRace started.

  • 18:58

    Martin Haven just said they are not quite "squirting it towards the corner." Not sure what that means but it doesn't sound pleasant.

  • 18:58

    Priaulx is looking strong here.

  • 18:58

    Chequered flagRace complete.

  • 18:58

    Easy win for Team GB there.

  • 18:59
    Race 12 Results
    PosCountryTime
    1stGB1:12.9157
    2ndNordic1:14.0499
  • 19:01

    TweetTweet from @RaceOfChampions: Priaulx is flying in the Audi! Team Great Britain is through with 4 wins! #ROC #raceofchampions

  • 19:01

    Terry Grant is on track now, the man drives this little car round, does donuts, climbs in and out and is generally quite mental!

  • 19:01

    Group 1 is done. Apparently.

  • 19:02

    QuoteComment from Lukeh: He walked away! From his car! that was driving itself! It's like The terminator is coming to life in front of our eyes

  • 19:02

    Great Britain and France are through to the semi-finals. Team Nordic are third, and Portugal last.

  • 19:03

    Terry Grant is still out there, doing his stuff. All I can hear is tyres squealing.

  • 19:04

    I am staggered by the lack of structure this event has! I think we'll be moving on to Group B now though.

  • 19:05
    Group B, Race 1
    Germanyvs.USA
    SchumacherEdwards
  • 19:05

    Green flagRace started.

  • 19:05

    They are in the ROC cars. Bit buggy-like. Schumi looks ahead right now.

  • 19:06

    Chequered flagRace complete.

  • 19:06

    Schumacher wins by miles.

  • 19:07
    Race 1 Results
    PosCountryTime
    1stGermany1:13.2931
    2ndUSA1:16.1596
  • 19:07

    TweetTweet from @jasonplato: Lost out big time when parente crashed the ktm, they wheeled out a new for me with cold Tyres, bugger

  • 19:08
    Group B, Race 2
    Germanyvs.USA
    VettelPastrana
  • 19:08

    Green flagRace started.

  • 19:08

    They're in this Schicaro things again.

  • 19:09

    Both are using the boost on the start line, but Vettel uses it over the bridge.

  • 19:09

    Chequered flagRace complete.

  • 19:09

    That was the closest we've seen for ages. Pastrana gets it.

  • 19:10

    He saved his last boost to cross the line, great driving to beat Vettel.

  • 19:10

    QuoteComment from RG: Pastrana for Red Bull.

  • 19:12

    Interview with Pastrana: "There was not single person in the stands who was cheering at the end of the race. That's my goal!"

  • 19:13
    Group B, Race 3
    All Starsvs.Benelux
    DoohanBaguette
  • 19:13

    Green flagRace started.

  • 19:14

    Doohan has hit the wall at least three times now. He'll likely get a penalty or two.

  • 19:14

    Chequered flagRace complete.

  • 19:14

    Baguette wins for Benelux.

  • 19:15

    They were driving the ROC buggies, which I have to admit look quite ridiculous.

  • 19:15
    Group B, Race 4
    All Starsvs.Benelux
    FoustBleekemolen
  • 19:16

    Sirocco's again. Push to pass is back.

  • 19:17

    Green flagRace started.

  • 19:17

    Foust is in the orange car, and it's looking close.

  • 19:18

    Foust uses his boosts up very quickly.

  • 19:18

    Chequered flagRace complete.

  • 19:18

    That was epically close, and it looks like Bleekemolen got the win.

  • 19:19

    0.0406 seconds between the two.

  • 19:19

    That was the very definition of a photo finish.

  • 19:22

    Our feed has broken again. This is not working very well at all. We may have to call this a day.

  • 19:22

    It's hard enough trying to figure out what's happening on track, without having a looping video to deal with too!

  • 19:24

    Apologies to all. It seems the Race of Champions is not Factbyte Factbox compatible. Not in it's current state, anyway.




It is that time of year again, when the best of the world of motorsport congregate together to crown the champion of champions. Except of course, it is only those who are available and allowed to participate, and they are not all champions. That doesn't make it any less fabulous though. This year, the competition takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany, with the Nations Cup this evening at 6pm GMT, and the Race of Champions tomorrow at 1pm GMT.

Event start

18:00GMT +00:00

27 November 2010