Saturday at the Race of Champions saw top racing drivers go head-to-head for the win and it was Juan Pablo Montoya who emerged victorious.
It may have been Montoya’s first time competing at the ROC, but he’s only gone and bloody Juan it.
The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and ex-F1 driver pipped Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen to the ROC trophy in Miami.
He proved he was truly number Juan at Marlins Park by taking victory in the first heat of the final, with Montoya and Kristensen driving rallycross cars.
— Sky Sports F1 🏎 (@SkySportsF1) January 21, 2017
They then jumped in KTM X-Bows. Montoya almost jumped the start but he got away with it and put in an unbelievable few laps of the ROC track to pip Kristensen to the win.
Montoya was clearly elated and had a blast. Kristensen was gracious in defeat but it must’ve been a kick in the teeth, as it was his fifth time finishing runner-up.
Montoya will be back on Sunday in Miami for the ROC Nations Cup, with Montoya alongside Gabby Chaves in Team Colombia and Kristensen part of Team Nordic with Petter Solberg.
— Mattzel89 (@Mattzel89) January 21, 2017
Felipe Massa, returning from a very, very brief F1 retirement, and David Coulthard made it to the semi-finals, although Massa wasn’t best pleased after a penalty for touching the wall cost him his chance of fighting for a spot in the final.
The ROC event is always pretty cool, because it puts the world’s best racing drivers in one location, pitting them against each other in a range of motorsport machinery.
This year was no different, with rallycross cars, light-weight sportscars and even meaty stockcars. The track was also a bit unusual, without the usual bridge crossing over the track. Instead, drivers had to cross over the main straight mid-way through.
The ROC event wasn’t without drama either, with a huge roll for Pascal Wehrlein at the wheel of a weird three-wheeled Polaris Slingshot SLR. You can watch that insane moment here.
There was also the funny moment when Tony Kanaan’s steering wheel came off in his hands. Because that happens all of the time…
ROC returns tomorrow with the Nations Cup, where teams of drivers representing their country (or area) go up against each other.