10/11/2020 Reading Time: 1 min

DTM: CHAMPIONSHIP TRIPLE SEALED

The championship triple is sealed: With two victories at Zolder, Belgium, Audi has also prematurely secured the drivers’ title in the DTM following the Manufacturers’ and Teams’ Championships. On Saturday, the podium was occupied by the three drivers who will decide the title among themselves in the remaining races: René Rast, Robin Frijns and Nico Müller. After his commanding victory on Saturday, title defender René Rast also won Sunday’s race at Zolder and is now just ten points behind championship leader Nico Müller. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline nevertheless secured the Teams’ Championship early.

René Rast on podium

STRONG RAST

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.”

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

BAD LUCK FOR FRIJNS

It’s almost curious that the safety car was caused by one of Rasts two rivals for the title. Robin Frijns – after second place on Saturday – had fought his way up from eighth on the grid to third in the early stages when he hit a wet patch on the pit lane exit after his pit stop and crashed into the guard rails. “This was all my own fault, which I feel very sorry for myself and especially for my team,” said Frijns. “The retirement hurts, but over 100 points are still awarded – anything is still possible.”

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

NICO MÜLLER DISAPPOINTED

The safety car also deprived Nico Müller, who finished in P3 on Saturday, of valuable points. “René and Mike (Rockenfeller) got the pit board even before the yellow flags were out,” said Müller after his disappointing ninth place. “The two were lucky to stop before the safety car. Unfortunately, this time not everyone in the field got the chance to make their pit stops before the safety car was deployed. That cost me at least 13 points today and may decide the championship.”

Dieter Gass

“EXTRAORDINARY SEASON”

For Audi, this is the twelfth driver’s title in the DTM and the fourth championship triple after 2004, 2017 and 2019. “Having all three championship titles in your pocket so early in the season is extraordinary,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “I don’t believe that this has ever happened before in the DTM. It shows how unbelievable the 2020 season is for Audi.

DTM ZOLDER, RESULTS DOCUMENTS TO DOWNLOAD

Race 1

1 page, EN

PDF

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Race 2

1 page, EN

PDF

188.4 KB

Standings

4 pages, EN

PDF

375.1 KB

ZOLDER

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack
Robin Frijns and René Rast in parc fermé
Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

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