DTM: CHAMPIONSHIP TRIPLE SEALED
In qualifying, the two-time DTM Champion René Rast grabbed first place on the grid in the very last moment from BMW driver Timo Glock. For the 20th time in a row, an Audi RS 5 DTM started from the best place on the grid. Although he had to start the race on the still wet side of the track, Rast immediately took the lead securing a commanding lights-to-flag victory, which he also crowned with the fastest lap.
On the way to his fourth victory of the season, Rast showed strong nerves and had the necessary bit of luck. Before the race, flames suddenly burst from the engine compartment of his Audi RS 5 DTM due to a deflagration. Rast was nevertheless able to take part in the race and made a lightning start from the second row of the grid: Even before the first corner he had overtaken the two BMWs that had started in front of him. His team’s decision to bring Rast to the pits on lap twelve for the tire change proved to be spot on: just one lap later, the safety car was deployed. This meant that all those drivers who had not yet pitted at that time – including championship leader Nico Müller – where out of contention. “This was a crazy race in which many things happened,” said Rast. “I’ve always said that one or two races can decide everything and things can turn around very quickly again. You saw today what can happen.”
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