CONTROVERSIAL MOMENT: Audi driver Timo Scheider (extreme left) controversial actions at Spielberg has seen Audi slapped with a hefty fine.Image: Youtube
BERLIN, Germany - Audi has been fined €200 000 and its motorsport chief banned from DTM (German Touring Cars) garages until the end of 2015 season.
The reason? Audi chief Wolfgang Ullrich urged driver Timo Scheider to cause a collision, the German motorsport federation court ruled on Wednesday (August 26).
'TIMO PUSH HIM OUT'
Scheider, who has to sit out the series' next race in Russia starting on Friday (August 28), was ordered by Wolfgang Ullrich during the race in Spielberg to push a rival driving a Mercedes out of the way which he did, forcing two vehicles out of the race.
Ullrich is heard saying: "Timo push him out."
The motorsport chief has also been banned from using the team radio and Audi lose the 62 points gained in that race, the court said.
ORDERED A COLLISION
The court said in a statement: "The judges ruled that Wolfgang Ullrich, in his position as Audi motorsport chief in the last round of the DTM race in Spielberg,... ordered Audi driver Timo Scheider to get into a collision with another driver.
"As this behaviour damages the public image of the motor sport it was appropriate that the punishment was harsh."
The series, which this season includes nine stops, originated in Germany but has now expanded to other countries as well and has seen several former Formula 1 drivers compete.
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