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Audi Sport drop appeal of Hong Kong disqualification // Daniel Abt relinquishes race victory

Published by Christine Blachford

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This is It Only Takes E-Minute, where Audi have gone back and read the rule book properly.

Daniel Abt crossed the finish line first for the second race of the Hong Kong double header, but his victory was snatched away from him when the FIA disqualified the driver. The reason for the DQ was an issue with the barcodes on the car not matching with the FIA's technical passport.

Audi originally stated their intention to appeal this decision, hoping to re-instate Abt's victory and keep the trophy that he picked up on the podium. However, the team have now confirmed they won't be going ahead with the appeal letting the results stand instead.

Team principal Allan McNish said: "We gained no advantage as a result of the administrative error and all parts fully complied to homologation and the technical regulations at all times. Still, we accept the decision of the FIA and fully back the technical passport regulations."

With the matter settled, Felix Rosenqvist keeps his race win and Sam Bird keeps hold of the championship lead after the first two races, sitting on 35 points to Jean-Éric Vergne's second place with 33.

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