09/20/2019 Reading Time: 2 min

DTM: RENÉ RAST CHAMPION AHEAD OF TIME

The triple has been perfected: following the win of the DTM manufacturers’ championship, Audi also secured early title wins in the drivers’ and teams’ championships at the Nürburgring. The first DTM Champion in the new turbo era is René Rast, who only needed to finish Sunday’s race in third position to win the title.

Fuel consumption combined*: 13.1 l/100kmCO₂-emissions combined*: 297 g/km

Fuel consumption combined*: 13.1 l/100kmCO₂-emissions combined*: 297 g/km

CHAMPIONSHIP DECIDED BEFORE THE FINALE

Following his victory on Saturday, Rast, with second place in qualifying – just one thousandth of a second behind Jamie Green – and third position in the race scored exactly the number of points he needed for his early title win. Before the last two rounds, the driver from Audi Sport Team Rosberg has an unreachable 56-point advantage over his closest rival, Nico Müller, from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline. Audi is assured of winning the title in the teams’ championship, too, with Audi Sport Team Rosberg and Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline going head to head for it in the finale at Hockenheim on October 5 and 6.

René Rast

RENÉ RAST: “WHAT A YEAR!”

“I still can’t believe it,” said the 32-year-old German, who only found out that he won the title as early as in the season’s third from last race from his race engineer on team radio after crossing the finish line. “What a year! We were extremely strong nearly everywhere. Clinching the title even before the last race weekend is incredible. Team Rosberg, which did a fantastic job, has a really big part in this. And Audi of course: the Audi RS 5 DTM has been the best car this year with the best turbo engine.”

René Rast celebrating with his team

“AN IMPRESSIVE SEASON”

“We didn’t expect to win the championship so early and, above all, not in such a dominant way,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass after Audi had taken the top seven spots in Sunday’s race. “René (Rast) is now a two-time DTM Champion – and deservedly so in every respect. He’s shown an impressive season. Congratulations to him, to his team, but also to the whole Audi family. ‘Thank you’ to all who made this outstanding success possible: it’s fantastic to work with such a great team! Today, we’re going to have a big party.”

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

FIRST VICTORY FOR JAMIE GREEN SINCE 2017

After placing sixth in Saturday’s race, Rast’s teammate Jamie Green secured pole position and victory in Sunday’s race. The Briton prevailed against Rast in a direct duel and at the end of the race defended himself against the attacks by Robin Frijns who challenged him on fresher tyres in the final stage. “I didn’t even know anymore what a victory in the DTM feels like,” said Green. “My last victory was two years ago. All I can say is: it feels fantastic!”

100TH RACE CONTESTED BY NICO MÜLLER

Nico Müller, who after jump-starting on Saturday finished out of the points, started from 14th position on Sunday after a sensor defect in qualifying. In his 100th DTM race, the Swiss fought back to the fifth spot before losing one position and along with it his last chance for the title shortly before the end of the race. “I pitted early and in the end was struggling with my tyres,” said Müller. “After qualifying, it was clear that it would be a difficult race for us. Sixth place was the maximum. Unfortunately, the title race has now been decided. I’m happy for René and Audi, who did a great job and deserve the title. But of course I’d have liked postponing the title decision to the finale at Hockenheim.”


With Loïc Duval, Jonathan Aberdein, Nico Müller and Mike Rockenfeller in positions four, five, six and seven, Audi celebrated a 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 success on Sunday, marking the so far best result of a manufacturer in the new turbo era of the DTM.

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack
René Rast and Nico Müller

AUDI DRIVERS AT HOME

The most promising title candidates, René Rast and Nico Müller, are aware of the strengths of the other. And both used their valuable time at home to replenish their energy reserves, each in their own way.

DTM NÜRBURGRING, RESULTS DOCUMENTS TO DOWNLOAD

Race 1

1 page, EN

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Race 2

1 page

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263.6 KB

Standings

4 pages, EN

PDF

646.7 KB

NÜRBURGRING

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack
Mike Rockenfeller in the Audi RS 5 DTM
Audi RS 5 DTM in the pitlane

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