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    • DTM 2013 - Controversy at the Norisring as Audi wins the race but is then stripped of the victory - Most idiotic disqualification ever?

      Audi's Mattias Ekstrom won the DTM race at the Norisring in Germany this past weekend but was stripped of his victory. Ekstrom was judged to have violated Section 44 of the DTM regulations. What was this violation? That he was given water while celebrating his victory. Seriously, that is not a joke. Water was poured into Ekstrom's pocket as the picture and video below shows and for this violation he was stripped of his victory. This has to be the most idiotic disqualification in the history of Motorsport.


      Audi is appealing the decision which for now gives the victory to Mercedes AMG's Robert Wickens. The reason the rule exists is that DTM drivers are weighed to make sure nobody is racing under the minimum weight. Pour some water in your pocket on a hot day and see how much that changes your weight. In addition to the disqualification Ekstrom also received a 1000 Euro fine for not attaching his steering wheel properly as the celebration ensued. DTM, there is something seriously wrong with your rules when somebody in the stands pouring water at a driver changes a race outcome. Hopefully Audi wins their appeal which they have two days to write and send.


      Full "tentative" results below.

      Position Fahrer Runden Zeit Rückstand
      1. Robert Wickens
      STIHL Mercedes AMG
      DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
      83 1:12:17.344 1:12:17.344
      2. Christian Vietoris
      Mercedes AMG DTM-Team
      DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
      83 1:12:20.980 3.636
      3. Daniel Juncadella
      stern Mercedes AMG
      DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
      83 1:12:21.737 4.393
      4. Mike Rockenfeller
      Audi Sport Team Phoenix
      Audi RS 5 DTM
      83 1:12:23.109 5.765
      5. Bruno Spengler
      BMW Team Schnitzer
      BMW M3 DTM
      83 1:12:31.781 14.437
      6. Roberto Merhi
      THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG
      DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
      83 1:12:33.292 15.948
      7. Joey Hand
      BMW Team RBM
      BMW M3 DTM
      83 1:12:45.896 28.552
      8. Andy Priaulx
      BMW Team RMG
      BMW M3 DTM
      83 1:12:49.607 32.263
      9. Marco Wittmann
      BMW Team MTEK
      BMW M3 DTM
      83 1:12:50.293 32.949
      10. Dirk Werner
      BMW Team Schnitzer
      BMW M3 DTM
      83 1:12:55.124 37.780
      11. Filipe Albuquerque
      Audi Sport Team Rosberg
      Audi RS 5 DTM
      83 1:12:57.373 40.029
      12. Timo Glock
      BMW Team MTEK
      BMW M3 DTM
      83 1:12:57.565 40.221
      13. Miguel Molina
      Audi Sport Team Phoenix
      Audi RS 5 DTM
      83 1:12:59.266 41.922
      14. Adrien Tambay
      Audi Sport Team Abt
      Audi RS 5 DTM
      83 1:13:08.789 51.445
      15. Augusto Farfus
      BMW Team RBM
      BMW M3 DTM
      82 1:12:27.875 1 Runde
      16. Edoardo Mortara
      Audi Sport Team Rosberg
      Audi RS 5 DTM
      81 1:10:38.768 2 Runden
      17. Gary Paffett
      EURONICS Mercedes AMG
      DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
      81 1:10:40.083 2 Runden
      18. Jamie Green
      Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline
      Audi RS 5 DTM
      65 58:44.097 18 Runden
      19. Pascal Wehrlein
      Mercedes AMG
      DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
      65 58:46.836 18 Runden
      Nicht gewertet
      Martin Tomczyk
      BMW Team RMG
      BMW M3 DTM
      11 10:01.554 72 Runden
      Timo Scheider
      Audi Sport Team Abt
      Audi RS 5 DTM
      00.000 83 Runden
      Disqualifiziert
      Mattias Ekström
      Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline
      Audi RS 5 DTM
      83 1:12:14.698

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      Comments 13 Comments
      1. chrisisnapping's Avatar
        chrisisnapping -
        ....why not weigh them before the race?

        But this is seriously the dumbest thing ever. Pour Audi

        (that's a pun, not a spelling mistake)
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        So if I want someone to lose a race all I have to do is grab a water bottle and soak them with it after the race. Brilliant.
      1. chrisisnapping's Avatar
        chrisisnapping -
        What if you accidentally $#@! your pants? Automatically DQed because you expelled waste and possible lost a few ounces?
      1. 1Zed4's Avatar
        1Zed4 -
        Dumb as fuuuuck!
      1. LZH's Avatar
        LZH -
        Right because pockets are water tight. RETARDED I'm sure Audi will get it overturned.
      1. Flinchy's Avatar
        Flinchy -
        wait, so the guy pouring the water on him was an opposing team guy who wanted to get the audi driver DQ?
      1. Autobahn335i's Avatar
        Autobahn335i -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Flinchy Click here to enlarge
        wait, so the guy pouring the water on him was an opposing team guy who wanted to get the audi driver DQ?
        Actually it was his father.
      1. Autobahn335i's Avatar
        Autobahn335i -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by chrisisnapping Click here to enlarge
        ....why not weigh them before the race?

        But this is seriously the dumbest thing ever. Pour Audi

        (that's a pun, not a spelling mistake)
        Race drivers can lose a couple pounds the course of a race through sweating.
      1. Autobahn335i's Avatar
        Autobahn335i -
        The controversy is merely that Ekstrom + his car were 6kg over the limit after the race. So the 2 liters = 2kg of water did not have a significant impact.

        However, rules are rules. No liquid or weight must be added or removed whilst the car is in the parc fermé. And the sanction is disqualification. Everyone was aware of that.
      1. M3GTtt's Avatar
        M3GTtt -
        The combined weight after a race is the important weight, not the starting weight. Drivers loose different amounts of water, cars consume fuel at a different rate. Teams have to take this into consideration.

        Stupid mistake by his father, or maybe a cunning plot to make him a few grams hevyer for the weighing.

        In any case, you can not add weight to your self untill you have been weighted, it may be dumb but its the rules.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        This rule is equal in all FIA motorsports actually.
        That is why normally there is officially no driver contact allowed with audience until the driver is weighed.
        This is such a clear example of why it is not allowed that I totally support the disqualification.
        It's almost the same as some mechanc dropping some heavy wrenches or a lead block in his pocket.
        His father is clearly stupid.
        DTM is a class where the car+driver normally reach critical weight at the end of the race due to fuel consumption.
        So every gram counts.
        He must have felt what his father was doing and didn't act upon it, so he himself is also to blame for the disqualification.
        In this day and age with all the cameras pointed upon you there is no getting away with this. He mist have known this...
        Stupid, stupid, stupid.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Regardless it is someone from the stands Ekstrom was not in control of. Anyone can pour water on a driver that should not mean the driver is responsible. Family member, non-family member, whatever.
      1. cisi's Avatar
        cisi -
        Just as if they dont properly mount the wheels, its not a Ekstrom fault but a team fault and you loos as a team there too. Probably more than 60% of the things that can make him loose a race are not in Ekstrom hand. This is for sure a stupid one.... but rules are rules. They are the same for all and they knew it before. Maybe if it was a fan or one of the other team members... but in this case its the father so his own team... its just .. stupid.