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Race Of Champions - 2012 | Romain Grosjean - Champion of Champions

Race of Champions, is a knockout tournament where the world’s greatest drivers battle to prove they’re the fastest on Earth. Through a s...

Race of Champions, is a knockout tournament where the world’s greatest drivers battle to prove they’re the fastest on Earth. Through a series of head-to-head races in identical cars on a parallel track, the stars fight it out to prove they have what it takes to be crowned ‘Champion of Champions’. 

The event starts with a group stage to ensure fans get to see plenty of action from every driver. The racers face up to each of the other drivers in their group, with cars swapped round between heats so they all have to prove themselves in a variety of machinery. The most successful drivers move on to the quarter-finals. 

From there it’s back to a head-to-head, no second chances, knockout competition to get to the semi-finals and then the Grand Final. Just as with all the world’s great cup competitions, the tension builds all the way through to this best-of-three shootout where there can be only one ‘Champion of Champions’. 

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Reigning 'Champion of Champions'

French rally ace Sébastien Ogier defeated Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen to take the prestigious title in 2011 while superstars including F1 world champions Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button were knocked out in the quarter-finals and semi-finals.

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25th Edition of the RoC-2012

The 25th Edition of the RoC-2012 was held in the Rajamangala Stadium at Bangkok, Thailand this weekend.

Friday's action began with ROC Thailand, a four-way battle between drivers from the host country. The competition started with a group stage involving Charoensukawattana, Sritrai, Nattapon Horthongkum and drift guru Sak 'Kiki' NanaN Charoensukawattana winning the event against T Sritrai in the finals. The best timing [by the winner] was 1:21.087.

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RoC Asia held later on Friday, for the Asia Pacific countries in which 4 nations, India, Japan, China, and host Thailand competed against each other.

Team India's Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok are celebrating tonight after they took glory in the inaugural ROC Asia competition, the first night of action of the 2012 Race Of Champions weekend.

On a hot evening at Bangkok's Rajamangala Stadium, Karthikeyan and Chandhok joined forces for Team India as both made their ROC debuts. The Indian duo topped the group stage with four wins out of six to go into the final as favourites.

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Saturday was the action packed RoC Nations Cup race, where the reigning Nations Cup champions, Team Germany took their sixth consecutive win, with Michael Schumacher & Sebastien Vettel over-running everyone to take the cup back home.

The German duo defeated Team France's Romain Grosjean and Sébastien Ogier by two heats to nil in the Grand Final. Team All Stars (Jorge Lorenzo and Tom Kristensen) and Team Australia (Jamie Whincup and Mick Doohan) reached the semi-finals. However, it was disappointment for Team India despite being there to race for the first time. Following their triumph in yesterday's ROC Asia, Team India's Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok failed to make it beyond the group stages this time. They took a win apiece but it wasn't enough against the might of Germany and Australia.

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The final race for 2012 edition of Champion of Champions was held today, just a few hours ago from now. In the thrilling battle with the reigning champion and the Formula 1 top drivers yielded into a spectacular fashion of fight between them.

Sebastien Ogier won all the three races in his Group A qualifiers, so as Vettel & Schumacher did the same and took off to the Quarter Finals. Quarter Finals & Semi-Finals is the brutal knockout game, where there are no second chances.

Dramatically, it was Tom Kristensen & David Coulthard, and Romain Grosjean & Michael Schumacher who made it to the Semi-Finals and the battlefield was a nail-biting moments both to the competitors and the audience. But it was the Semi's which was even more exicting being Kristenen & Grosjean took victory against their rivals in the Semi-Finals and securing their positions for the Finals.

Finals of 'Champion of Champions' was a three round battle for the duo, where they did go 'Gung-Ho' with their cars and it was Romain Grosjean who emerged victorious beating Tom Kristenen with a straight 2-0 win in the first two round of the finals.

Champion of Champions for RoC-2012

The 26 year young  Romain Grosjean!

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