Audi driver René Rast is the man of the hour in the DTM. The newcomer celebrated his first victory in the DTM at the Hungaroring and, on pulling off a mega weekend, even snatched the lead of the drivers’ classification.  
DTM Budapest, race 2
DTM Budapest, race 1
Victory and lead of the standings

Following his first DTM pole position on Saturday, the 30-year-old, on delivering a perfect lap, again scored three additional points for the top spot on Sunday’s grid. And this time everything went according to plan in the race as well. Straight from the start the German took the lead and went on to continually extend it. After pitting, Rast initially dropped behind his brand colleague Mattias Ekström, who had changed tyres as early as on lap three. In the final stage Rast was able to use the advantage of fresher tyres to overtake Ekström. With that, Rast achieved his first victory at what was only his fifth race weekend in the DTM.  

“Having won at the Hungaroring is an incredible feeling,” René Rast said after his maiden victory. “Twice on pole, my first win, plus the championship lead – I can’t even find words for all this. In a rookie season you can’t expect leading the championship after three race weekends and already having won your first race. I’m simply happy about being backed by such a good team.”

Disappointing Saturday

Saturday at the Hungaroring had ended in disappointment for Audi. Following a strong qualifying performance, five Audi RS 5 DTM cars started from the best grid positions. However, an early safety car period deprived Audi of its chance for victory. In the end Mike Rockenfeller, in position four, was the best-placed Audi driver. “After what was an extremely disappointing Saturday for us, it was important to strike back today, clinch a one-two victory, plus positions four and five. I’m incredibly happy for René Rast: he’s been delivering an awesome debut season in the DTM.”


The race in numbers

Look back:
DTM Budapest