08/02/2020 Reading Time: 1 min

DTM: AUDI DOMINATES SEASON OPENER AT SPA

The Audi RS 5 DTM is the car to beat also in the 2020 DTM. At the season opener at Spa-Francorchamps, Audi swept the top five positions in the second race on Sunday as it had done the day before. Defending champion René Rast narrowly won a thrilling duel with Saturday’s winner Nico Müller. It was the ninth consecutive victory for Audi in the DTM. After the first two of 18 scheduled races, Audi leads the Manufacturers’ Championship with 152:34 points clearly ahead of BMW.

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

NICO MÜLLER WINS SATURDAY’S RACE

With positions one to five in the first race, title defender Audi had a dream start into the new DTM season. Outstanding driver in Saturday’s 1-2-3-4-5 success was the Nico Müller. In qualifying, the Swiss narrowly had to admit defeat only to his teammate Robin Frijns, who secured his first pole position in the DTM. In the race, Müller fended off an attack by René Rast in the famous Eau Rouge corner shortly after the start. On lap five he passed his teammate Robin Frijns on the long uphill straight and then gradually pulled away from the rest of the field. At the finish, Müller had a lead of almost 20 seconds – a small world in the DTM.

René Rast, Nico Müller

“A MAGIC RACETRACK”

“Being able to climb onto this special podium with the Swiss flag on the Swiss National Day makes me very proud,” said Müller after his fifth victory in the DTM. “Spa is a magic racetrack. Driving on it with the Audi RS 5 DTM is a lot of fun.”

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack
René Rast on the podium

RAST WINS DUEL WITH MÜLLER

After a disappointing first race on Saturday, defending champion René Rast made an impressive comeback on Sunday. He secured his 14th pole position with a new track record, turning the pole position into his 18th DTM victory in the race. The German also recorded the fastest lap. Rast took the lead immediately after the start but lost it to Müller on lap four. Towards the middle of the race, Rast also had to defend himself against Müller’s teammate Robin Frijns who eventually lost a lot of time at the pit stop, turning the three-way fight at the front into a duel. Rast reduced the gap to Müller with the help of DRS and Push-to-Pass, finally overtaking Müller six laps from the end of the race.

“INCREDIBLE START TO THE SEASON”

“This was an incredible start to the season with two fantastic results for Audi,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass after the latest triumph of the Four Rings. “My feeling is we’ve been even stronger today than on Saturday. It’s great that we can continue where we left off last year. Spa is a very special circuit where good tire management is important. But you also need engine power at Spa. We clearly saw on those two days that we have the best engine.”

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

AUDI RS 5 DTM BREAKS BARRIER

The customer team WRT Team Audi Sport wrote a piece of DTM history at Spa-Francorchamps: Fabio Scherer was the first driver to break the 300 km/h barrier with a Class 1 racing car in Sunday’s race.

DTM SPA: RESULTS DOCUMENTS TO DOWNLOAD

Race 1

1 page, EN

PDF

43.0 KB

Race 2

1 page, EN

PDF

1.3 MB

Standings

4 pages, EN

PDF

525.3 KB

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Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack
Audi RS 5 DTM pit stop
Team preparing pit stop

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