Audi and Ekström penalty upheld by DMSB, no winner at Norisring

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The DMSB decided to uphold its decision to exclude Mattias Ekström from the Norisring result.

Audi has been given a result to its appeal to the DMSB after the governing body took away Mattias Ekström's win at the Norisring earlier this month.

Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline were told the decision to exclude Ekström from the final results will be upheld, after it was found a team member poured water in his race suit to ensure he hit the minimum driver/car weight after the event.

The DMSB released this statement about the decision.

"The Court of Appeal of the DMSB (German Motor Sport Association) has confirmed the decision of the stewards and dismissed the appeal of the Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline against the disqualification of Mattias Ekstrom at the DTM race at the Norisring (July 14, 2013). Since the driver achieved his victory on the track under perfect conditions and his vehicle corresponded with the Regulations, the team had carried out the offense in the parc fermé, there was no competitive advantage. Therefore, the court ruled that the following participants do not move up, Canadian Robert Wickens (STIHL Mercedes AMG) will be given second overall in the 5th DTM race."

"The team had been accused of misrepresenting the parc fermé regulations that are laid down in Article 44 of the DTM regulations. TV recordings demonstrated, however, that the drivers suit was tampered with including a liquid substance poured in the pocket of the driver's overalls."

Robert Wickens was handed the win at the time, but will retain his second place finish, leaving a race with no official winner.

Audi released the following statement today, "In the spirit of sport, we respect the decision by the DMSB appeal court."

No other penalties were given to the team, and they will continue as normal into the next event at Moscow Raceway August 4.

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Tags audi, bmw, dtm, exclusion, norisring, penalty, race suit, touring car, water, wickens

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