The 2009 Race of Champions has been won by Matthias Ekstrom. The two time German Touring Car Champion successfully defeated seven time world champion Michael Schumacher in the final. This is the third Race of Champions title won by Ekstorm.
Apart from Schumacher and Ekstorm the other contenders were ex-Formula One driver David Coulthard, five time MotoGP champion Mick Doohan, three time World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx, eight-time Le Mans 24 Hour winner Tom Kristensen, 2009 F1 champion Jenson Button, current Red Bull F1 driver Sebastian Vettel and multiple X-Games gold medalist Travis Pastrana. Schumacher defeated Kristensen in the quarter-final and won against Vettel in the semi-final. Ekstorm had the last laugh as he won against Button in the semi-final and defeated Schumacher twice in the best-of-three final round.
At a post-award press conference Ekstorm said that being born in the countryside in Sweden he drove lots of cars as a boy. He revealed that his earlier experience of having raced a lot of good touring cars, sportscars and rallycars made the difference for him.
The Race of Champions is an annual event which gives the best drives from different categories of motorsports to compete against each other. The event comprises of one-on-one races between the drives in a variety of vehicles comprising of buggies, Volkswagen Sciroccos, KTM X-Bows and World Rally Cars. This year the event was organized in China.