Following a technical inspection after qualifying, Edoardo Mortara has been the latest casualty this afternoon at Circuit Park Zandvoort, having been excluded.
Mortara’s efforts to be on the cusp of possibly being on pole position himself have now been thwarted, as the Italian would have lined up in third tomorrow afternoon behind pole sitter Mike Rockenfeller and 2014 DTM champion Marco Wittmann.
The Italian’s Team Abt RS5 DTM was found to have its front diffuser set too low during scrutineering post qualifying, which is outside the tolerances set under Article 3.7 of the Technical Regulations.
Mortara will now have to start at the back of the grid for the race, which promotes all the other drivers behind him by one place.
This also means that Mattias Ekström now starts eighth. The Swede was demoted five places due to unintentionally blocking Gary Paffett during qualifying, which contravenes Article 30.7 of the Sporting Regulations.