Scheider's disappointment, however, enabled Marcel Fassler and Manuel Reuter to score their first points of the year, making it three Opels in the revised top eight.
Outside the point-scorers, Audi's Tom Kristensen came home tenth, after incurring a rather more bizarre penalty than his two Audi rivals. The Dane received a drive-through after a mechanic got his hand caught while lowering the car on the grid, and the A4 had to be lifted once more.
"If you start from 18th place and are given a drive-though penalty on top, you can't expect a better result than this," Kristensen sighed, "My car was very good, and I would've liked to score the points for Audi. Without the drive-through penalty, which I find rather difficult to understand, I'd have easily scored points. Yet, I have no choice but to accept this penalty."
Markus Winkelhock won the battle for year-old cars in his Original-Teile Mercedes CLK, having made a good start and avoided all incidents. The German was seventh after the first round of stops but, on lap eight, he was pushed into a spin by Dumbreck and eventually came home 14th.
Perhaps fittingly, Ekström and Albers now share the lead in the overall standings, on 34 points, while the disqualified Paffett remains third on 15. Alesi is fourth on twelve, and Tomczyk fifth on eleven.