05/05/2019 Reading Time: 3 min


A double podium on Saturday, a one-two-three result on Sunday: Audi managed an impressive start to the DTM’s turbo era at the Hockenheimring. In Sunday’s gripping race, René Rast from Audi Sport Team Rosberg with a bold strategy won ahead of Nico Müller and Robin Frijns (both Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline). After the first two races, Audi is leading the DTM manufacturers’ standings with 110 points ahead of BMW (93) and Aston Martin (9).


After Saturday’s rain battle, the spectators in dry conditions on Sunday saw the first true trial of strength between the Class 1 race cars of Aston Martin, Audi and BMW. The clear winner after 37 thrilling laps: the Audi RS 5 DTM with its new, more than 610-hp two-litre four-cylinder turbo engine. Bram Schot, CEO of AUDI AG, witnessed the one-two-three success in the pit lane and was obviously impressed about the DTM’s overall appearance as well. “I really enjoyed this. The atmosphere, the enthusiasm for the series, the plus in performance – this tastes moreish.”

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack


René Rast once again showed an exceptional performance. Following a problem in qualifying, the German had to settle for 16th on the grid. Even so, the 2017 DTM champion went on to claim his eleventh victory in the DTM. Audi Sport Team Rosberg called Rast into the pits for a tyre change during a safety car period. The Audi driver perfectly used the advantage of the fresh tyres and within just seven laps fought back from 15th to 1st place. During the mandatory pit stop on lap 22, he just briefly lost his lead and subsequently drove victory home in commanding style.

René Rast with his mechanics


“Overtaking nearly the whole field on a few laps is especially good fun for a race driver,” said Rast. “Many thanks to Audi Sport, to my Rosberg team and to the mechanics who gave their all. We had a brilliant strategy today. I just had to drive the car home. What a day!”

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack


Nico Müller and Robin Frijns, who both started the race from the second row and with different strategies finished almost simultaneously in positions two and three, completed Audi’s podium lockout. Müller pulled off a sensational start from fourth to second while Frijns dropped to seventh. The Dutchman made up several positions in the final stage. Following its strong result on Saturday, Audi Sport Team Phoenix experienced a “rainy day”: Mike Rockenfeller (oil loss) and Loïc Duval (excursion into the gravel trap) retired in the early stage of the race.


On Saturday, Audi started to the new turbo era in the DTM at the Hockenheimring with a double podium. In rain and cold, Mike Rockenfeller and Robin Frijns clinched positions two and three. René Rast suffered misfortune in the first race of the new Audi RS 5 DTM. From fourth on the grid, René Rast, the 2017 DTM Champion fought his way forward to second in cold and wet conditions, and subsequently went on to chase race leader Marco Wittmann in a BMW. The Audi driver seemed to have good chances of celebrating his seventh consecutive DTM victory when he coasted down his Audi RS 5 DTM with a transmission problem six laps before the end.

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack
Audi drivers in the cart


One day before the Audi DTM drivers completed their first laps with their new Audi RS 5 DTM cars on the Hockenheimring, the six factory stars already took to the track with karts. A fun event for the DTM season opener gave the drivers the chance to race both classic and drifting karts on the limit. Together with this, the drivers also had to master special challenges: During the DTM quiz in the pit lane, they had to prove their knowledge and then collected items for bonus points while drifting on track. In the end, the overall victory of the event was decided in favour of René Rast.


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Robin Frijns with the team
Nico Müller in the Audi RS 5 DTM
Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack


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