DTM Norisring 2013: The decisive scene in the video

DTM Norisring 2013
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F or Mattias Ekström's 35th birthday had an emotional one Roller coaster ride. Shortly after the award ceremony, the race management had a present ready that the veteran would have gladly done without. Ekström was deleted from the ranking. The reason: After crossing the finish line, Ekström found a violation of the Parc Fermé rules.

Cold shower by Ekström's father

What happened? Ekström's father, of all people, apparently wanted to allow himself a little prank with the son. As the video from Parc Fermé shows, he poured his junior a bottle of water into his racing overalls while cheering. But such a cooling offends against the strict rules. The liquid increased the total weight of Ekström and his car.

'I have to tell him again that something like this is not allowed,' the pilot explained later, contrite. At first he hadn't noticed anything from the prank. The consequences were all the harder: the winner was subsequently deleted from the ranking. The first Audi success at the home race at the Norisring since 2002 was gone - at least for the time being.

The management of the Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline does not want to accept this judgment so easily. The DTM racing team announced on Sunday evening that it would appeal the controversial verdict. 'We won't accept it like that,' said Audi DTM Director Dieter Gass. 'We will take all means at our disposal.'

The team now has two days to justify the objection in writing. Now the sports courts have to decide whether the Audi driver will get the victory at the green table back again. Incidentally, Ekström was punished for a second offense. The pilot had to pay a fine of 1,000 euros because he had not properly fastened his steering wheel after getting out in Parc Fermé.

Robert Wickens inherits Norisring victory

Should the Swede remain excluded, Mercedes driver Robert Wickens from Canada will inherit first place. The youngster would certainly have imagined his debut success in the DTM differently, but was still happy: 'This is a great day for me and a great day for Mercedes-Benz.' The final disqualification of Ekström would bring Mercedes the eleventh success in a row at the Norisring.

They would get into second and third placeChristian Vietoris and Daniel Juncadella - also both in the Mercedes - move up. Overall leader Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) would come in fourth. The DTM championship leader would have a two-point lead over Bruno Spengler (BMW), who finished fifth in Nuremberg.

In the video we show you the decisive scene from the Parc Fermé again.


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