Abt Sportsline accepts sporting penalty by the DMSB Abt driver Laurent Aiello, who had claimed pole position in qualifying for the ninth round of the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters), will not be taking part in the qualification race at ...
Abt Sportsline accepts sporting penalty by the DMSB
Abt driver Laurent Aiello, who had claimed pole position in qualifying for the ninth round of the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters), will not be taking part in the qualification race at Zandvoort and will be starting in the consecutive main race from last place on the grid. Thus, the Team Abt Sportsline accepts a decision by the DMSB stewards, who had discovered a pollution in the fuel of the points leader on Saturday evening.
During the obligatory verification of the fuel in the tank of the Abt-Audi TT-R with the starting number three, the DMSB discovered a specification that is not identical with the fuel accepted for Zandvoort. The probable reason for the pollution are rest amounts of fuel stemming from test sessions of the team, conducted last week. "During testing at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz, we have been using fuel from the fuel station over there. Apparently, little amounts that were left over have now mixed with the race fuel and thus caused the difference from the specification used at Zandvoort", Albert Deuring, Team Abt Sportsline's chief technician explains. There is no competitive advantage because of the pollution, because the rest amounts are regular fuel that can be bought at public fuel stations. Contrarily, the racing fuel being used in the DTM has a higher octane rate.
"Although we didn't get ourselves any advantage, we accept the decision of the stewards, who had to decide immediately based on the facts that were available", team boss Hans-Jürgen Abt says. The team refrained from a possible appeal against the decision, which would have required further time-consuming analyses and a possible hearing in front of an appeal court. "We are racing in order to compete against our opponents at the race track, and not in order to go into any hearings", Hans-Jürgen Abt explains the decision, that he took together with his driver Aiello. "We want to fight for the DTM title at the race track, like we have been doing throughout the season so far. Today, Laurent will be taking on this task from last place on the grid. Under these circumstances, the motivation of his four team mates and of the entire crew for wrapping up the title is bigger than ever."