Mon­toya and Vet­tel star at the Race of Cham­pi­ons

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Juan Pablo Mon­toya and Se­bas­tian Vet­tel shared the hon­ours at the Race of Cham­pi­ons in Mi­ami last week­end, with the Fer­rari F1 star win­ning the Na­tions Cup sin­gle-handed af­ter team-mate Pas­cal Wehrlein was ruled out af­ter an air­borne crash.

Vet­tel was forced to drive solo for Sun­day’s Na­tions Cup race af­ter Wehrlein flipped his three-wheeled Po­laris Sling­shot dur­ing a heat against Felipe Massa on Satur­day.

Wehrlein clipped a Tecpro bar­rier head­ing to­ward the fin­ish be­fore swerv­ing into Massa’s car and flip­ping. Both Wehrlein and his pas­sen­ger es­caped se­ri­ous in­jury, although Wehrlein was ad­vised not to drive on Sun­day as a pre­cau­tion.

“It was a shock,” said Wehrlein of the ac­ci­dent. “I hit the bar­rier and that launched me into Felipe. I prob­a­bly looked too much at Felipe, which is why I hit the bar­rier in the first place. The speed was not too fast and the most im­por­tant thing is that we are both OK.”

Mon­toya won on Satur­day, de­feat­ing Le Mans leg­end Tom Kris­tensen in the fi­nal to take the solo hon­ours.

EX-F1 driver Mon­toya edged Kris­tensen in the fi­nal run in Global Ral­ly­cross Su­perlights and KTM X-bows to take his first win at the event.

Wehrlein’s with­drawal meant that reign­ing ROC win­ner Vet­tel, who had failed to make it out of his group on Satur­day, had to drive solo on Sun­day. The Ger­man won all four of his heats be­fore beat­ing Mon­toya and Colom­bian team-mate Gabby Chaves in the semis to book his spot in the fi­nal.

Vet­tel came up against USA Team NASCAR, com­prised of brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch. Vet­tel beat Kurt by 1.12s in the first run in Ariel Atoms, be­fore seal­ing the win by 0.44s against Kyle in the RX Su­per­car Lights.

It marked Ger­many’s sev­enth ROC vic­tory, with Vet­tel in­volved in every one. He’d pre­vi­ously won the crown for six suc­ces­sive events along­side Michael Schu­macher from 2007-2012.

Wehrlein had a big ROC ac­ci­dent Vet­tel took Na­tions Cup ti­tle solo Mon­toya just pipped Kris­tensen

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