Following on from the Nations Cup which saw Team Germany take its eighth win came the individual competition. There were quite a few close finishes along the way, with Josef Newgarden falling foul of the tricky conditions and crashing in the same way Joel Eriksson had done the day before. Despite winning the Nations Cup, neither Rene Rast nor Timo Bernhard even made it through to the quarter-final stage.
Last year’s champ Juan Pablo Montoya was knocked out by Tom Kristensen in the quarter-finals, only for TK to get beaten by Coulthard in the semis. That left the 13-time GP winner up against Solberg in the best-of-three final and although the WRC champion and double World Rallycross champion was probably the slight favourite, Coulthard nailed it and took the crown with a race to spare.
.@therealdcf1 on his #ROCRiyadh win: "I'm as surprised as you are!" pic.twitter.com/c5lgq1ovZ8
— #ROCRiyadh (@RaceOfChampions) February 3, 2018
Not bad for a guy who hasn’t done a whole lot in the way of racing since he left the DTM in 2012!