Red Bull's former DTM world champion Mattias Ekström is the RoC Champion of Champions again after defeating Michael Schumacher in a thrilling final.
The 31-year-old Swedish star proved to be Schumacher’s nemesis again, as a repeat of the 2007 Race of Champions final went the way of the Red Bull man once more.
Ekström dominated his German opponent by defeating the F1 legend in both the RoC car and the X-bow vehicle for an unassailable 2-0 lead in the best-of-three final.
"It's a very special day for me, because I didn’t have much luck this year," a delighted Ekström said of his victory. "So to end it by beating Michael Schumacher in this is fantastic."
'It's a very special day for me' – Mattias Ekström
Schumacher arrived in the final after defeating Nations Cup teammate Sebastian Vettel in the semifinals, following a quarterfinal victory over WRC star Mikko Hirvonen and winning all three of his group races.
Ekström, who was unbeaten in the entire Champion of Champions race series, dashed the hopes of F1 champion Jenson Button in the last four, after a last eight success against Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen, adding to his one hundred percent record in the group stage.
Former RBR driver and BBC pundit David Coulthard failed to finish in his quarterfinal clash with Vettel, who in turn failed to complete against Schumacher when he broke a wheel on his X-bow by crashing into the safety barriers.