In the round-up: The USA team of IndyCar drivers Colton Herta and Jimmie Johnson were beaten in the final of the Race of Champions Nations Cup by Team Norway of Petter and Oliver Solberg.
Herta and Johnson beaten by Solbergs to ROC Nations Cup crown
The Race of Champions Nations Cup was claimed by Team Norway during the first day of competition in Sweden.
The Norweigian team – made up of the father-and-son pairing of Petter and Oliver Solberg – defeated IndyCar drivers Colton Herta and Jimmie Johnson in the final of the tournament on the ice circuit situated on the frozen Baltic Sea.
Team Norway won by three heats to one, with Herta making a mistake in the final heat, allowing Petter Solberg to clinch the tournament. Team Finland, made up of double F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen and Emma Kimilainen, and Team Nordic, featuring Tom Kristensen and Johan Kristoffersson, were eliminated in the semi finals.
Current F1 drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher, representing Team Germany, were eliminated in the quarter final stages after being beaten by the United States team. Team GB of two-time W Series champion Jamie Chadwick and David Coulthard were also eliminated in the quarter finals by Team Finland.
The drivers will each compete against each other today in the ‘Champion of Champions’ tournament, to determine the overall winner.
Montoya wins as Leclerc extends FRAC championship lead
Sebastian Montoya won the first of three races in the Formula Regional Asian Championship this weekend at the Dubai Autodrome.
The Mumbai Falcons India Racing driver led from pole position after holding off Red Bull junior driver Isack Hadjar on the run to turn one. The race was suspended with just over 15 minutes of race time remaining after an engine failure for Francesco Braschi left oil on the track.
When the race resumed, Montoya led away once again and absorbed pressure from Hadjar, but Hadjar and Hitech team mate Leonardo Fornaroli were both given five second time penalties for not being within their grid slots at the original race start. That assured Montoya his second victory of the season, while Arthur Leclerc was promoted from fourth on the track to second in the standings, allowing him to increase his lead in the series standings.
There will be two more races around the Dubai Circuit today, before a third and final weekend of races in Dubai next weekend.