The man of the day on Saturday was René Rast. In spite of never having been to Russia before and knowing Moscow Raceway only from the simulator, the German secured pole position and subsequently scored one of the rare DTM lights-to-flag victories. “It was an awesome race,” said Rast, following his second DTM victory. “The car was mega, the pit stop superb – a big thank you to the team! Being in the top spot of the championship again is a tremendous feeling.” No less impressive was the second place clinched by Mike Rockenfeller who, following his accident at the Norisring in which he was not at fault, raced with a broken left foot, having to use his right one for braking at Moscow Raceway.
The protagonist in the thriller on Sunday was Mattias Ekström. Following an early safety car period, the drivers who had not pitted yet for their tyre change had a disadvantage. They included Mattias Ekström who, after having clearly led the race in the beginning, dropped to tenth place, having to recover position by position afterwards. On seeing the chequered flag, the Swede was merely 0.376 seconds short of clinching his first win this season. “After Budapest, this is the second time a safety car cost me victory,” Ekström said after the race that was marked by tough duels and spectacular overtaking manoeuvres. “But in the end, I‘m very happy with second place today, 20 points from qualifying and the races, plus the lead of the standings.”
René Rast clinched fourth place on Sunday and after ten rounds is now trailing Ekström in the overall standings by just one point in second place.