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Old 12th February 2005, 01:02   #1
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Default ROC - Nations Cup !!

I dont know if they aired the ROC nations cup yet there ...but i saw it yesterday

23-year Finnish racer defeats World Champions Schumacher and Loeb on his way to winning 2004 Race of Champions trophy..held at Stade de france

After eliminating F1 X mclaren driver David Coulthard in is his first match, he went on to dispose of Jean Alesi. That result saw him qualify process for a place in the "racers' final" against 7 times F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher who he promptly defeated by a little less than 1 second around the 1km all-asphalt figure-of-8 track ..!

The 1st of the final's 3 heats was raced with Peugeot 307 WRCs which theoretically gave the advantage to Loeb. Kovalainen only sat inside a WRC car for the 1st time just minutes before the start as Peugeot engineers took time to talk him through the different controls, including the car's steering-wheel mounted gearshift ..
lesson worked for the Finn who immediately went out to spring a stunning victory over Loeb by 8/10ths of a second, profiting certainly from an early mistake by the Frenchman..Switching to Ferrari 360 Modena Challenges for the 2 ndheat seemed to tip the advantage back in favour of Loeb who crossed the line first. However, he was deemed to have touched a barrier which earned him a 10s penalty to hand the title to his young opponent.

shortly after the Finn took the Champion of Champions trophy ,Sebastien Loeb and Jean Alesi defeat the Finnish pair to give France the trophy in the Race of Champions Nations Cup.

other highlights were ..michael schumacher was drawn to race fellow F1 driver Fenipe massa ...Massa beat schumacher head to head but was given an unexpected 10 second penalty ...

same thing happened when the Loeb raced Brazilian, 2004 Indy Racing League Champion Tony Kanaan ..Kanaan won head to head but suffered the 10s penalty ...

anyways am glad schumi didnt win this one !

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