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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 July, 2004, 08:56 GMT 09:56 UK
Schumacher to do rally race
Reigning F1 world champion Michael Schumacher
Schumacher has a chance to claim another title
Formula One champion Michael Schumacher will compete against world rally championship leader Sebastien Loeb in December's Race of Champions.

The rally-based event will take place at the Stade de France in Paris on a one kilometre, figure-of-eight track.

"I'm really looking forward to it, it looks a lot of fun," said Schumacher.

Promoter Michele Mouton said: "We're thrilled he accepted our invitation. Rally drivers will not want to lose to a circuit driver."

Schumacher is not the first driver from outside the world of rallying to take part in the event; F1 star Fernando Alonso and Nascar legend Jeff Gordon have both previously been competitors.

But if Schumacher goes on to win a seventh world title this year, as seems certain, he will be the first reigning F1 world champion to take part.

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