Mon­toya, Vet­tel show they’re the main men

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORSPORT -

FOR­MER For­mula One driver and 2015 In­di­anapo­lis 500 win­ner Juan Pablo Mon­toya took the Race of Cham­pi­ons tro­phy for the first time in an epic shootout at the Mar­lins Park base­ball sta­dium in Florida. His win was over­shad­owed, how­ever, by Se­bas­tian Vet­tel’s heroic solo drive to take the two-man Nations Cup af­ter Team Ger­many part­ner Pas­cal Wehrlein was ad­vised by doc­tors to with­draw, fol­low­ing a huge crash.

In the fi­nal show­down Mon­toya faced off against Le Mans leg­end Tom Kris­tensen. It was the Dane’s 15th con­sec­u­tive Race of Cham­pi­ons ap­pear­ance - equalling the record set by rally leg­end Stig Blomqvist - and his fifth fi­nal (al­though he’s never won).

De­fend­ing Race of Cham­pi­ons ti­tle-holder Se­bas­tian Vet­tel, an­noyed with him­self for not even hav­ing made it out of the group stages on Satur­day and with­out a part­ner for the two-man Nations Cup af­ter Wehrlein’s with­drawal, stormed into the Sun­day pro­gramme with a point to prove. He started by beat­ing Britain’s Jen­son But­ton David Coulthard; then he dis­posed of Colom­bia’s Mon­toya and Gabby Chaves, and fi­nally beat Amer­i­cans Kyle and Kurt Busch to take the ti­tle. - IOL Mo­tor­ing

Juan Pablo Mon­toya.

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