Both Abt-Audi TT-Rs of defending champion Laurent Aiello and Christian Abt were so badly damaged following their accidents in DTM testing at the Lausitzring on Friday, that the German team had to employ radical tactics to ensure the two team leaders got a chance to race.

The damage to both original yellow cars was so severe that it was impossible to repair them before the race, although special permission allowed Aiello and Abt to swap to the cars of their Junior Team colleagues Martin Tomczyk and Peter Terting, who agreed to forgo the start.

"Of course, it hurt to sit and watch," admitted Tomczyk, "But Laurent has the most points and the best chance of wining the championship. It was difficult to hand over my car, but I was happy to do it for the best interests of the team."

After swapping to the silver-and-red Audi, defending champion Aiello was rewarded with a point for eighth position, although the Frenchman stalled his engine during both pit-stops and lost valuable time. Abt occupied ninth place after a faultless drive, achieving the season's best result for a year-old car.

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