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Wirtgen Group paves the way

UK contractor F M Conway has used predominantly Wirtgen Group plant to bring the Race of Champions to London's Wembley Stadium on 16 December. World famous racing drivers, including Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard and Jenson Button will go head-to-head on a track laid specially for the event in Britain's newest sports venue.

Two Vögele S 1803-1 paving machines operated day and night over a 48 hour period to lay a total of 1,350 tonnes of blacktop supplied by Tarmac from its Hayes, Middlesex, plant.The track features a polymer modified wearing course developed for racing conditions. Two Hamm tandem vibratory rollers - a DV90 VV and a HD14 VV - were used to compact the material.

The track, which is laid on aluminium mats to protect the pitch, was designed by 1980s rally star Michčle Mouton, co-founder of the Race of Champions. For three years the event, held at Paris's Stade de France, has attracted more than 50,000 spectators and the 2006 event was watched by more than 186 million viewers on television.