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Wittmann stripped of win, Audi inherits 1-2-3-4 finish

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Wittmann stripped of win, Audi inherits 1-2-3-4 finish
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Aug 20, 2017, 5:10 PM

BMW driver Marco Wittmann was stripped of his first DTM victory in 2017, leaving Audi with a top-four lockout in the Sunday race at Zandvoort.

Reigning series champion Wittmann had seen off Audi's Mike Rockenfeller in a closely-fought battle, taking the flag eighth tenths ahead of his rival.

But his car was held in parc ferme after the race and he was disqualified, as the organisers were unable to take a 1kg sample of residual fuel from his car.

As such, Rockenfeller was promoted to race winner, with Loic Duval moving up to runner-up and Mattias Ekstrom inheriting a podium – despite the Swede having finished almost a full minute behind Wittmann.

The disqualification is a heavy blow to Wittmann's chances of successfully defending his 2016 title, as the initial win had allowed him to emerge as one the chief title contenders.

He provisionally sat just seven points off championship leader Ekstrom, but is now down to eighth place in the standings with six races left to run.

Rockenfeller's victory is his first since 2015, and puts him third in the standings as he props up an Audi 1-2-3. He is now on 110 points to Ekstrom's 128 and Rast's 114.

Revised results:

Pos.DriverCarTime
1 germany Mike Rockenfeller  Audi RS5 DTM 56'33.404
2 france Loic Duval  Audi RS5 DTM 56'49.985
3 sweden Mattias Ekström  Audi RS5 DTM 57'31.477
4 switzerland Nico Müller  Audi RS5 DTM 57'32.024
5 united_kingdom Gary Paffett  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 57'32.252
6 belgium Maxime Martin  BMW M4 DTM 57'32.794
7 germany Timo Glock  BMW M4 DTM 57'33.332
8 brazil Augusto Farfus  BMW M4 DTM 57'33.473
9 united_kingdom Jamie Green  Audi RS5 DTM 57'35.809
10 canada Bruno Spengler  BMW M4 DTM 57'45.413
11 germany Maro Engel  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 58'03.531
12 italy Edoardo Mortara  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 58'04.165
13 united_kingdom Tom Blomqvist  BMW M4 DTM 58'04.682
14 austria Lucas Auer  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 1 lap
Ret canada Robert Wickens  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 4 laps
Ret  united_kingdom Paul di Resta  Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM -
Ret  germany René Rast  Audi RS5 DTM
DQ germany Marco Wittmann  BMW M4 DTM -
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Series DTM
Event Zandvoort
Location Zandvoort
Drivers Mike Rockenfeller , Marco Wittmann
Author Valentin Khorounzhiy