ROC: Schu wins champ contest

Seven times Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher proved his brilliance at the Race of Champions on Saturday when he beat world rally champion Sebastien Loeb in a special showdown event

ROC: Schu wins champ contest

The pair, competing in a mouth watering head-to-head contest between this year's two world champions at the Race of Champions in Paris, were pitted together in a best of three contest in specially prepared buggies.

Schumacher took first blood in the first round, making a brilliant start and showing off his ultra-smooth driving style to edge Loeb home by 0.1334 seconds.

After the pair swapped buggies, to ensure that the contest was as fair as possible, Loeb hit back with a solid performance in the second heat to beat Schumacher by 0.3025 seconds.

The pressure was clearly on in the final round and, with the pair sticking with the same buggies, they were neck and neck heading into the first corner. But Schumacher appeared to push just that little bit more and Loeb could do little to stop his Ferrari rival taking the win by a mammoth 0.9238 seconds.

To add to Loeb's misery, he could not open a celebratory bottle of champagne given to the two drivers afterwards.

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