Gordon vs Schu in ROC

Quadruple NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports Nextel Cup team-mate Jimmie Johnson will take part in the end of season Race of Champions festival of motorsport in Paris. For Gordon this will be second visit, the Dupont Chevrolet star having impressed in the event in 2001

Gordon vs Schu in ROC

Newly-crowned seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher and WRC points leader Sebastian Loeb have already been confirmed in the star-studded show, which pitches drivers and motorcycle riders from all disciplines head-to-head in equal cars.

The rally-based end-of-season head-to-head knockout competition moves this year to France's leading sporting arena, the Stade de France, for 2004, from its traditional Canary Islands venue. The event takes place on the evening of December 4 and inside the 1998 World Cup final venue will be built a one kilometre, figure-of-eight parallel track.

It's not unusual for superstars outside of rallying to take part in the unique head-to-head format, that is not unlike a WRC Superspecial Stage, but never before have the organisers secured the presence of so many high profile stars.

Former World Rally Champions to have taken part previously include Juha Kankunnen, Carlos Sainz, Stig Blomqvist, Colin McRae and Marcus Gronholm. But F1 stars including Fernando Alonso, Cristiano da Matta, Olivier Panis and Nick Heidfeld have also been enticed before. Gordon tried his hand two years ago while Moto GP legend Rossi loved it when he took part last year.

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