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Audi loses Ekstrom appeal, no winner declared
31 July 2013
Audi has lost its appeal against Mattias Ekstrom's exclusion from the most recent round of the DTM season at the Norisring.
Ekstrom had taken victory for Audi before a breach of parc ferme rules – when his father poured water into the pocket of his overalls - saw him stripped of his victory.
Audi appealed against the decision but a hearing in the appeal court of the German Motor Racing Association the DMSB elected to uphold the original decision.
“In the spirit of the sport, we respect and accept the decision of the DMSB appeal court,” Abt Sportsline team principal Jurgen Abt said.
However, the appeal court did concede that Ekstrom and Audi hadn't enjoyed an advantage in the race because of what happened, with the DMSB therefore electing to reverse the decision taken by stewards to move every other driver up a position in the results.
As such, Robert Wickens – who was promoted into first spot – has now been moved back down to second place, with the race having no official winner.
A similar situation occurred in the F3 Euroseries event at the same circuit last year, when Daniel Juncadella was excluded from race one and no winner was declared.
“It's good that the DMSB appeal court has closed this case as we now can look ahead to the coming race held this weekend at the Moscow Raceway without having to deal with an unsettled situation,” DTM chief Hans Werner Aufrecht said. “Now we again fully focus on the sport and look forward to our debut race on Russian soil.”