Filipe Albuquerque was a surprise victor in this year’s Race of Champions in Düsseldorf, defeating seven time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb in the final.
The Portuguese GT racer, who was once on Red Bull’s books, beat Loeb by two races to one in the final having knocked out new Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel in the semis and countryman Alvaro Parente in the quarters.
Vettel had earlier beaten fellow German Michael Schumacher in the quarter finals. Loeb’s route to final included victories over Tom Kristensen in the quarter finals and Briton Andy Priaulx in the semis.
There was drama in Loeb’s heat against Lotus F1’s Heikki Kovalainen when the Finn suffered right rear suspension failure in his Audi R8 after clipping a barrier, putting him into a spin that saw him destroy the inside barriers.
The 2004 winner, who withdrew from the event after the accident, was taken to hospital having briefly been knocked unconscious, but both he and his girlfriend Catherine Hyde, who was his passenger, escaped unhurt.