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Spengler loses third place, drops to 14th

1 January 1901

Bruno Spengler has lost his third place in the first round of the 2007 DTM season at Hockenheim after he was judged to have unfairly pushed Timo Scheider off on the final lap of the race.

Scheider had looked to be heading for a third place finish to complete an all-Audi podium but was tagged by Spengler on the final lap when the German appeared to have completed his overtaking manoeuvre.

As such, stewards have given Spengler a 50-second penalty, one that sees him plummet to the bottom of the field in 14th position, promoting Daniel La Rosa to a superb maiden podium and the honour of being the leading Mercedes driver.

Alex Margaritis moves up to fourth, with Paul di Resta, Jamie Green and Bernd Schneider fifth, sixth and seventh, while Gary Paffett moves into the points in eighth as a result.


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