ROC: Champion of Champions' report

Ekstrom crowned Race of Champions winner * 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 ...

Ekstrom crowned Race of Champions winner

* 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.

-credit: roc

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Series General
Drivers Jenson Button , Michael Schumacher , Andy Priaulx , Tom Kristensen , Mattias Ekström , Travis Pastrana , Mick Doohan , Sebastian Vettel