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Audi withdraw all cars mid-race.

There was a dramatic end to the penultimate DTM race of the season at Barcelona when Audi sensationally withdrew all of its cars with only a few laps of the race remaining.

It is unsure as to the exact reasoning behind the decision to pull the five remaining A4s from the race, but title contenders Mattias Ekstrom and Martin Tomczyk had already been eliminated from the race by Mercedes drivers Mika Hakkinen and Daniel La Rosa, while fellow works driver Timo Scheider was also forced out after a collision with Daniel La Rosa.

When Bruno Spengler wrestled his way past Mike Rockenfeller for third place in the closing stages, Audi called all of their remaining cars – Rockenfeller, Alex Premat, Lucas Luhr, Christian Abt, Tom Kristensen and Vanina Ickx into the pits to retire.

With just six cars finishing, Jamie Green claimed his first ever DTM win, with Spengler second, Paul di Resta third, Alex Margaritis, Gary Paffett fifth and Mathias Lauda sixth.

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Martin Tomczyk - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit: DTM Media]
Robert Wickens - HWA Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]
Robert Wickens - HWA Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]
Jamie Green - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Mike Rockenfeller - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Robert Wickens - Mercedes AMG [pic credit: DTM Media]
Vitaly Petrov - Mercedes AMG DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Daniel Juncadella - Mercedes AMG DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Miguel Molina - Audi RS5 DTM [pic credit: DTM Media]
Robert Wickens - Mercedes AMG [pic credit: DTM Media]
Robert Wickens - Mercedes AMG [pic credit: DTM Media]
Robert Wickens - HWA Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]
Martin Tomczyk - BMW Team Schnitzer  [pic credit: DTM Media]
Mike Rockenfeller - Audi Sport Phoenix [pic credit: DTM Media]
Vitaly Petrov - Mucke Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]
Nico Muller - Audi Sport Rosberg [pic credit: DTM Media]
Nico Muller - Audi Sport Rosberg [pic credit: DTM Media]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt  [pic credit: DTM Media]

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Matt - Unregistered

September 23, 2007 8:05 PM

Audi drivers are not completele innocents. How many times has Abt smashed up Jamie Green alone? How many times have drivers run to nearly the end of the race without stopping just to block faste Mercedes cars? There was carnage at Barcelona last year and there is often chaos in DTM races. Why is it now that Audi are so concerned?

Ian K - Unregistered

September 24, 2007 8:55 AM

Theo, i wonder if you actually watched the race, i`ve seen much worse driving in WTCC & BTCC. The race stewards did not consider the majority of moves illegal, & in fact gave drive-through penaltieswhen there was an infraction. The Motors Tv Comentator summedup Audi`s action in this statement: "Audi have spat out the dummy" The fIA should charge Audi with bringing the sport into disrepute, as they did with the F1 teams in America 2yrs ago



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