Brands Hatch DTM: Tomczyk stripped of pole, Rockenfeller promoted

Martin Tomczyk has been stripped of his Brands Hatch DTM pole position after his BMW was found to be underweight during post-qualifying checks

Brands Hatch DTM: Tomczyk stripped of pole, Rockenfeller promoted

The German had earlier taken his first pole since 2011 and the first for the RMG team, but will now start at the back of the grid having had all his times deleted.

A statement from the race officials said that the car was in non-compliance with the minimum weight.

BMW revealed that Tomczyk's car had been 2.5kg underweight, 0.5kg away from the below the allowed tolerance level.

BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt said: It's a shame to lose out on a pole position as a result of a mistake like this. However, we accept the decision of the race stewards.

"You are always at the limit in motor racing. We will now analyse what the case was to ensure this kind of thing never happens again.

Tomczyk added: "It's a major disappointment. The season opener at Hockenheim showed that it is possible to fight back from 22nd on the grid and finish in the points.

"However, I know it is almost impossible to do the same on a track like Brands Hatch."

The decision means that Phoenix Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller will start from pole instead, with Augusto Farfus joining him on the front row in his RBM BMW.

Revised grid: Pos Driver Team/Car 1. Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 2. Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 3. Joey Hand RBM BMW 4. Bruno Spengler Schnitzer BMW 5. Timo Scheider Abt Audi 6. Marco Wittmann MTEK BMW 7. Andy Priaulx RMG BMW 8. Edoardo Mortara Rosberg Audi 9. Miguel Molina Phoenix Audi 10. Timo Glock MTEK BMW 11. Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 12. Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 13. Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 14. Dirk Werner Schnitzer BMW 15. Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 16. Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 17. Jamie Green Abt Audi 18. Filipe Albuquerque Rosberg Audi 19. Roberto Merhi HWA Mercedes 20. Pascal Wehrlein Mucke Mercedes 21. Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 22. Martin Tomczyk RMG BMW 
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