05/19/2019 Reading Time: 3 min

DTM: RENÉ RAST WINS ALSO AT ZOLDER AND THANKS HIS TEAM FOR A NIGHT SHIFT

René Rast is the first driver to have achieved two victories in the  DTM’s new turbo era. At the DTM’s return to Zolder, Belgium, the Audi driver won Sunday’s race in commanding style. His teammate, Jamie Green, perfected Audi Sport Team Rosberg’s triumph by finishing in third position. Mike Rockenfeller from Audi Sport Team Phoenix came fourth. A day before Nico Müller clinched third place for Audi.

AN INCREDIBLE VICTORY

For Rast, this marked the twelfth DTM triumph in total, the eighth in the last ten races, plus a very special one. Following his retirement on Saturday due to a damaged intercooler, his team replaced the engine of his Audi RS 5 DTM overnight as a precaution. “The guys worked up until the early morning hours,” said Rast. “Even so, my car was immediately perfect again in qualifying on Sunday. A big thank you goes to the guys from my Team Rosberg, and to Audi Sport, who practically prepared the car from scratch again.”  Rast missed pole position by just six thousandths of a second. In the race, he put pressure on pole sitter Sheldon van der Linde in a BMW straight from the start and overtook the South African on the eleventh of 39 laps. In spite of a safety car period, which caused his advantage to shrink for a short while, the Audi driver crossed the finish line in the end with a clear advantage of nearly ten seconds over Philipp Eng (BMW). “This was an incredible victory again,” said Rast. “The new Audi RS 5 DTM is an outstanding race car.”

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

FIERCE BATTLE FOR PODIUM

Behind Rast, a fierce battle for the other podium positions was raging in Sunday’s race. The head-to-head fight saw his teammate, Jamie Green, bump Sheldon van der Linde from third position on the last lap. “This is my first DTM podium in more than a year,” said the Briton. “From ninth on the grid, that was a very pleasant surprise. It was a superb race that was really good fun.” Green used the safety car period for a second tyre change. On fresh tyres, the Audi driver battled his way forward in an entertaining final stage from eleventh to third place, with Mike Rockenfeller from Audi Sport Team Phoenix in tow. Rockenfeller had changed tyres late and was able to leverage his tyre advantage on the final laps as well. Rockenfeller’s teammate, Loïc Duval, was racing with a similar strategy, but dropped out of the points in a tussle after the restart.

Dieter Gass

FANTASTIC RACING

“Yesterday overtaking at Zolder seemed impossible and today we saw plenty of overtaking manoeuvres and fantastic racing,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “It was an incredible race with an extremely good result for Audi. My thanks go to the entire squad that untiringly  worked again this weekend. Without them, this success would not have been possible.”

Nico Müller on the podium

NICO MÜLLER CLINCHED THIRD PLACE

One day before Nico Müller clinched third place for Audi. Positions four, five and six also went to Audi drivers. A safety car deployment largely upended the results of Saturday’s race. It deprived those drivers of all chances who had not yet made their mandatory pit stops at the time it was deployed. Nico Müller stopped for fresh tyres at exactly the right moment. Then, in the final stage, the Swiss from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline fought a gripping duel with BMW driver Joel Eriksson. Müller crossed the finish line in third position.

René Rast and Robin Frijns as chocolatiers

CHOCOLATIERS FOR A DAY

One day before the DTM’s return to Zolder, the first race venue in its history, two Audi DTM drivers gained special insights into the Belgian art of making chocolate. During the demonstration, René Rast and Robin Frijns proved their manual dexterity: With guidance provided by master chocolatier Patrick Mertens, both Audi factory drivers were tasked to make chocolate creations including pralines and forming the four rings of Audi’s logo from chocolate – in the transparent Boon factory. “It’s impressive to see the great passion with which chocolate is made here,” said local hero Frijns, who lives in Lanaken, just a roughly 20-minute drive from Zolder.

DTM ZOLDER, RESULTS DOCUMENTS TO DOWNLOAD

Race 1

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Race 2

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Standings

4 pages, EN

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Audi drivers at the autograph session
Mike Rockenfeller in the pitlane
René Rast with his mechanics

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