Ogier wins Race of Champions
RACE OF CHAMPIONS: Sébastien Ogier is crowned the 2011 Champion and will get behind the wheel of Volkswgen Polo R WRC in 2013.
Sébastien Ogier, a Volkswagen factory driver, emerged victorious in his first outing in the Race of Champions. In the finale, Ogier beat eight-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen who had previously beaten Michael Schumacher in the semi-final.
Ogier, who will contest the WRC from 2013 for Volkswagen in a Polo R WRC, demonstrated his outstanding driving abilities on a special one-kilometre track in the Esprit arena in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The competition saw the world’s best drivers face of. Formula 1 drivers Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button competed along with German Touring Cars (DTM) champions Martin Tomczyk, Timo Scheider and Mattias Ekström and other international motorsport greats.
Among the race cars used for the Race of Champions were the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup, Audi R8 LMS, rally Škoda Fabia S2000 and the open X-Bows.
'A GREAT HONOUR'
Commenting on his victory, Sébastien Ogier said: "My first outing in Volkswagen overalls and this in Germany and then victory in the Race of Champions – I’m absolutely delighted.
"They were exciting races against fantastic opponents. It’s not easy for a newcomer to master the many different cars and the track, but I had a good feeling from the word go. It was a great honour for me to be invited for the first time to participate in the Race of Champions. My thanks also go to the fans that made the atmosphere electric," he said.
Watch the racing highlights in the video below: