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Schumacher excited by RoC
Eurosport - Tue, 09 Dec 18:09:00 2008

Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has said he is excited about the Race of Champions this weekend and described the Wembley event as "spectacular".

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Schumacher was second to two-times DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom in the individual competition last year and won the Nations Cup contest alongside German countryman Sebastian Vettel.

The seven-times Formula One champion is looking forward to this year's event, which will take place on a specially-built tarmac circuit over the Wembley Stadium pitch.

"It is first of all big fun," Schumacher wrote on his personal website. "It is just weird driving in such a stadium as everything is extremely narrow, but at the same time you look at it and wonder how they managed to build a track with enough space for everything.

"It is spectacular to drive and to watch, and this is why it has worked so well for so many years."

The RoC has been in existence since 1988, when it was created for rally drivers to come together under common rules. It has developed into a stadium-based event which pits the best drivers from a variety of motorsports disciplines against one another in an array of vehicles.

Also included in the line-up are F1 drivers Vettel, Mark Webber and Jenson Button, eight-times Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, five-times World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb (pictured right with Schumacher) and three-times World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx.

Newly-crowned WTCC champion Yvan Muller will also be in action, along with double RoC winner Ekstrom, former NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Carl Edwards, triple Superbike world champion Troy Bayliss and nine-times X Games gold medallist Travis Pastrana.

Schumacher, retired from F1 since 2006, said he has great respect for the field.

"The nice thing about it is that you meet all the guys from the other motorsport areas and can spend some time with them," he added.

"Usually, this is quite impossible as everybody is either busy or in the middle of a race weekend.

"The atmosphere is very relaxed, you can hang around with them, and this is just great. I have a massive respect for all of the guys competing.

"Everybody is a master of his own and everybody has a huge passion for our sport - that's what all this is about."

Jonathan Symcox / Eurosport
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