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Mercedes to appeal Paffett decision

Mercedes will appeal the decision of the stewards to disqualify Gary Paffett from the fourth round of the DTM championship at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. Paffett won the race after a hard fought battle but his Mercedes ran out of fuel on his warm...

Mercedes will appeal the decision of the stewards to disqualify Gary Paffett from the fourth round of the DTM championship at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. Paffett won the race after a hard fought battle but his Mercedes ran out of fuel on his warm down lap, and he got out of the car.

The sports' governing body (DMSB) rules state that a car must have at least 1.5 litres of fuel left at the end of the race, and also that the driver must stay in the car until it arrives at parc fermé.

"Gary has won on the track and not by illegal advantages," said motorsport boss Norbert Haug. "His team feels the disqualification to be too severe. Of course, Paffett as well as all other C-Class cars in the DTM used the standardised fuel for all DTM starters, which complies with the rules."

"Should the championship be decided by such a penalty, this would certainly not be in the spirit of the sport. During its DTM activities, AMG-Mercedes has never appealed against decisions of the race stewards, but this time, we do this and hope that this case will be judged in the sense of the sport."

The decision promoted Audi's Mattias Ekström to winner and Mercedes drivers Christijan Albers and Bernd Schneider to second and third respectively. "To be fair, I have to say that today Gary Paffett won on the race track," said Ekström. "But obviously his team made a mistake."

Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, head of Audi Motorsport added: "Obviously it was not so nice what happened after the race. However, we also got already to feel this year how straight forward the rules are implemented in DTM."

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Series DTM
Drivers Bernd Schneider , Christijan Albers , Norbert Haug , Mattias Ekström , Gary Paffett