Canadian driver Wickens stripped of first race victory

Robert Wickens

Robert Wickens

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:42 PM ET

Canadian driver Robert Wickens was stripped of his first German Touring Car (DTM) race victory after the initial winner was disqualified.

The native of Guelph, Ont., racing for Mercedes, placed second behind Swedish winner Mattias Ekstrom during a July 14 race in Nuremberg, Germany.

Ekstrom, however, was disqualifed hours later after his father poured water into his pocket prior to the weigh-in, violating rules that state that no materials or substances can be added.

Ekstrom's Audi team appealed to the German motorsport federation, but lost. The federation also removed Wickens as the race winner.

"The court decided that the fifth round of the season won't have a winner," the DTM said after the ruling Tuesday. "So Wickens ... in second position will be the best-placed driver of the Norisring race."

The court decided no other driver should move up in the rankings because Ekstrom didn't have an advantage on the track.

 


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