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