Question: When does the desire to win dictate that a racing driver try to drive slower than everyone else? Answer: When those drivers are attempting to qualify for the opening of the World Touring Car Championship at the Salzburgring track in Austria.

And now for the why. It seems that, after racing hard for the first several minutes of the qualifying session, several drivers decided to slow down to let others pass them in an effort to follow close behind in the slipstream. It's a well-known fact that drafting is one way to gain an advantage in close wheel-to-wheel racing, but the desire to catch a competitor has never proven so comical as it did in this instance.

The final lap of qualifying was so slow that time ran out as the field limped their way around the track. Officials were not amused, and after it was all said and done, 12 drivers were handed penalties, leaving Michel Nykjaer, who was not penalized, on pole. Check out the ridiculous scene of poor sportsmanship on video below.




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      waetherman
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is kinda like sprint racing in the Olympics - it ends up being rather absurd; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cL1lXDNSJQ They shouldn't penalize the drivers though. If they find a loophole in the rules that allows them to do things that make it possible to have an advantage or win even if it doesn't produce an exciting race, the rules were written poorly. Don't blame the drivers for playing by the rules.
      Louis MacKenzie
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least he ran for the checkered flag.
      poppopeyes
      • 1 Year Ago
      wait im still confused. why didnt anyone of them just get out of the slow moving line of cars and take first place?
        Maverickfiveo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @poppopeyes
        The problem is, in qualifying, the winner isn't who crosses the line first. The winner is the fastest lap time. So you go slowly for a few laps, get a line of "blockers" in front of you that you can draft behind and then turn in one blistering fast lap time and rank the highest.
      Chris Praz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good job wtcc drivers. Good job of shattering the perception that 4&6 cylinder racing is lame....good job...idiots!
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      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 1 Year Ago
      lol
      Dan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems like a rule problem.
      rcavaretti
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ha! That one back fired, didn't it.
      VIPER94
      • 1 Year Ago
      Isn't this known as "sand bagging"?
      Chris Praz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Need someone tell these fools, it's called RACING!
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