Triple title at racing speed

Audi became drivers’, manufacturers’ and teams’ champion even before the first DTM season with turbo engines ended. This superior beginning of a new era in the popular touring car racing series marks another historic motorsport triumph for the premium car manufacturer from Ingolstadt/Germany because Audi has never been as successful in the DTM as in 2019.

10/07/2019 Reading Time: 6 min

Audi team and four Audi RS 5 DTM cars
Audi RS 5 DTM

The Audi RS 5 DTM fielded in 2019 conforms to the Class 1 regulations. Its highly efficient two-litre inline-four engine with an exhaust-driven turbocharger and petrol direct injection, which is analogous to the production TFSI concept, delivers more than 610 horsepower (450 kW). Audi put a total of eight Audi RS 5 DTM on the grid during the DTM season: two each as part of its factory-backed commitment with its long-standing German fielding partners, Abt Sportsline, Phoenix and Rosberg, and two others with the WRT customer team from Belgium that has joined the series this year.

In the 18 DTM races in 2019, Audi scored twelve victories. After just 14 races, the brand had been confirmed as manufacturers’ champion, after 16 events René Rast had secured the drivers’ championship and after 17 Audi Sport Team Rosberg was the best squad. Having scored seven victories and eight pole positions, the German in his third DTM season was again the most successful Audi driver. The 2017 Champion clinched his second title in commanding and consistent style. His fiercest rival was fellow Audi driver Nico Müller. The Swiss won three races and in his most successful DTM season finished the drivers’ championship runner-up.

How Audi drove to the three DTM titles at racing speed in 2019 – here’s the timeline:

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

HOCKENHEIM SEASON OPENER

Mike Rockenfeller and Robin Frijns on the podium

RACE 01 (SATURDAY, 4 MAY)

From fourth on the grid, René Rast fights back to second position in rain, chases leader Marco Wittmann (BMW), but retires six laps before the end (sensor was shaken loose). His fellow factory drivers Mike Rockenfeller (2) and Robin Frijns (3) secure the first podium finishes in the DTM’s new turbo era for Audi.

Drivers’ classification: 1 Wittmann (BMW); 28 pts
Manufacturers’ classification: 1 BMW; 54 pts
Teams’ classification: 1 BMW Team RMB; 34 pts

Nico Müller, René Rast and Robin Frijns on the podium

RACE 02 (SUNDAY, 5 MAY)

Following a problem in qualifying, René Rast has to settle for sixteenth on the grid: with a cleverly timed two-stop strategy, he fights back to the top spot – marking the first victory on the premiere weekend for the new Audi RS 5 DTM with a turbo engine. Two other drivers of the brand, Nico Müller (2) and Robin Frijns (3), perfect the historic one-two-three triumph for Audi.

Drivers’ classification: 1 Wittmann (BMW); 34 pts
Manufacturers’ classification: 1 Audi; 110 pts
Teams’ classification: 1 Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline; 53 pts

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

ZOLDER

Nico Müller on the podium

RACE 03 (SATURDAY, 18 MAY)

Like most other front-running drivers, René Rast (second on the grid) becomes the victim of an early safety car period: unlike the mid-fielders, he is unable to pit early and, as a result, loses a lot of ground later. His fightback to the third spot is stopped by the defective intercooler of his Audi RS 5 DTM: DNF. The best Audi driver is Nico Müller in third position.

Drivers’ classification:
1 Wittmann (BMW); 43 pts
Manufacturers’ classification: 1 Audi; 155 pts
Teams’ classification: 1 Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline; 68 pts

René Rast and Jamie Green on the podium

RACE 04 (SUNDAY, 19 MAY)

An engine change and overtime put in by the mechanics and engineers from Audi Sport Team Rosberg pan out well: their driver René Rast first clinches second position on the grid and subsequently wins the race. Although a safety car period causes the German’s advantage to shrink, Rast stays in control when the race is re-started – and safely brings home his second victory of the season.

Drivers’ classification: 1 Eng (BMW); 59 pts
Manufacturers’ classification: 1 Audi; 213 pts
Teams’ classification: 1 Audi Sport Team Rosberg; 79 pts

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

MISANO

Loïc Duval and René Rast jumping in the pool

RACE 05 (SATURDAY, 8 JUNE)

René Rast claims the first pole position in the Audi RS 5 DTM using the newly introduced turbo technology. A safety car deployment paves the way to victory for Marco Wittmann (BMW), who had initially lost a lot of ground. Rast finishes runner-up ahead of fellow Audi driver Loïc Duval and so takes the lead of the standings in the drivers’ classification.

Drivers’ classification: 1 Rast (Audi); 75 pts
Manufacturers’ classification: 1 Audi; 272 pts
Teams’ classification: 1 BMW Team RMG; 104 pts

Nico Müller on the podium

RACE 06 (SUNDAY, 9 JUNE)

Rast again enters the race from the top spot, but pulls off his grid slot less than perfectly. In spite of a collision on the first lap, he manages to fight back to the front within the first nine laps. However, a puncture subsequently forces him to make an additional pit stop. In the end, Rast takes the third spot, while fellow Audi driver Nico Müller wins.
 
Drivers’ classification: 1 Rast (Audi); 93 pts
Manufacturers’ classification: 1 Audi; 340 pts
Teams’ classification: 1 Audi Sport Team Rosberg; 128 pts

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

NORISRING

Nico Müller and René Rast on the podium

RACE 07 (SATURDAY, 6 JULY)

With an advantage of nearly 35 seconds, René Rast achieves his third victory of the season in spite of having dropped to last place after the start. The 2017 champ had stalled the turbo engine of his Audi RS 5 DTM. After pitting early just shortly before a safety car period, Rast is back within striking distance. As the runner-up, Nico Müller perfects Audi’s one-two result.

Drivers’ classification:
1 Rast (Audi); 118 pts
Manufacturers’ classification: 1 Audi; 398 pts
Teams’ classification: 1 Audi Sport Team Rosberg; 153 pts

Jamie Green on the podium

RACE 08 (SUNDAY, 7 JULY)

First and second in qualifying: Rast and Müller start side by side. On lap one, they unfortunately make contact. Rast spins, Müller is handed a drive-through penalty. The two have to settle for seventh and eighth. The best Audi driver: Norisring expert Jamie Green (2) ahead of fellow Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller (3). The winner: Bruno Spengler (BMW).

Drivers’ classification: 1 Rast (Audi); 127 pts
Manufacturers’ classification: 1 Audi; 457 pts
Teams’ classification: 1 Audi Sport Team Rosberg; 180 pts

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

ASSEN

Nico Müller and René Rast on the podium

RACE 09 (SATURDAY, 20 JULY)

Rain makes the DTM’s debut in the Dutch “cathedral of speed” a risky gamble. Following a late pit stop, Nico Müller, on new, albeit cold tyres, is not able to defend the top spot against Marco Wittmann (BMW). However, Müller maintains second position ahead of his Audi colleague René Rast. Halfway through the season, Audi boasts a top tally: the brand has netted eighteen of twenty-seven possible podium finishes.

Drivers’ classification: 1 Rast (Audi); 145 pts
Manufacturers’ classification: 1 Audi; 508 pts
Teams’ classification: 1 Audi Sport Team Rosberg; 204 pts

Mike Rockenfeller with his son

RACE 10 (SUNDAY, 21 JULY)

In dry conditions, the tradition-steeped TT Circuit takes its toll on the tyres of the DTM cars. While leading the field, René Rast – having started from pole – has to make an unscheduled second pit stop to change tyres. His Audi colleague Mike Rockenfeller takes the lead and mounts the podium as the winner – together with Audi’s Nico Müller (3). Rast still claims the fifth spot.

Drivers’ classification:
1 Rast (Audi); 158 pts
Manufacturers’ classification: 1 Audi; 576 pts
Teams’ classification: 1 Audi Sport Team Rosberg; 219 pts

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

BRANDS HATCH

René Rast and Nico Müller in the pitlane

RACE 11 (SATURDAY, 10 AUGUST)

The next double podium for Audi: René Rast finishes runner-up on the former English Grand Prix circuit. Nico Müller clinches third position. As a result, the Swiss defends his second spot in the standings behind Rast. For the tenth time in the eleventh race of the season, two Audi drivers finish in the top three. Wittmann (BMW) wins.

Drivers’ classification: 1 Rast (Audi); 178 pts
Manufacturers’ classification: 1 Audi; 634 pts
Teams’ classification: 1 Audi Sport Team Rosberg; 239 pts

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

RACE 12 (SUNDAY, 11 AUGUST)

Historic dream result for the squad led by Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass: all eight Audi cars occupy the top eight spots on the grid. The DTM has only seen this once before: at Budapest in 2016, also by Audi. On this “Super Sunday” of the brand, four Audi RS 5 DTM cars finish in front. René Rast wins ahead of Nico Müller, Robin Frijns and Loïc Duval.

Drivers’ classification: 1 Rast (Audi); 206 pts
Manufacturers’ classification: 1 Audi; 710 pts
Teams’ classification: 1 Audi Sport Team Rosberg; 267 pts

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

LAUSITZRING

Nico Müller and Robin Frijns on the podium

RACE 13 (SATURDAY, 24 AUGUST)

René Rast enters the race from pole position, but an electrical defect forces him to retire at an early stage. Fellow Audi driver Nico Müller takes the lead and wins in front of Robin Frijns. As a result, the Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline pairing achieves the first one-two success of a DTM team in the new turbo era. Third position also goes to Audi (Mike Rockenfeller).

Drivers’ classification: 1 Rast (Audi); 209 pts
Manufacturers’ classification: 1 Audi; 782 pts
Teams’ classification: 1 Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline; 306 pts

René Rast on the podium

RACE 14 (SUNDAY, 25 AUGUST)

The 500th DTM race since 1984: Audi scores a 1-2-3-4-5 triumph with Rast as the winner, followed by Müller, Rockenfeller, Green and Frijns. All eight of the Audi RS 5 DTM cars finish in the top nine. Four races before the end of the season Audi, with its turbo and TFSI technology, wins the manufacturers’ classification.
 
Drivers’ classification: 1 Rast (Audi); 234 pts
Manufacturers’ classification: 1 Audi; 858 pts – early champion!
Teams’ classification: 1 Audi Sport Abt Sportsline; 335 pts

 

Audi RS 5 DTM on the racetrack

NÜRBURGRING

René Rast on the podium

RACE 15 (SATURDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER)

Maximum points scored by DTM leader René Rast following his seventh pole position and sixth victory of the season. With that, the German makes a giant leap towards his second DTM championship title. Nico Müller, Rast’s closest rival, goes home empty-handed after jump-starting and receiving a penalty. Jonathan Aberdein from the new customer WRT Team Audi Sport scores a strong fourth place.

Drivers’ classification: 1 Rast (Audi); 262 pts
Manufacturers’ classification: 1 Audi; 917 pts
Teams’ classification: 1 Audi Sport Team Rosberg; 349 pts

Jamie Green and René Rast celebrating

RACE 16 (SUNDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER)

Third position for René Rast behind the Audi RS 5 DTM cars of Jamie Green and Robin Frijns: that is enough for winning his second DTM drivers’ title ahead of time. Title rival and fellow Audi driver Nico Müller places sixth after problems in qualifying. Audi is also sure of winning the teams’ title.  It will be decided amongst its Rosberg and Abt Sportsline teams in the finale at Hockenheim.

Drivers’ classification:
1 Rast (Audi); 279 pts – early champion!
Manufacturers’ classification: 1 Audi; 993 pts
Teams’ classification: 1 Audi Sport Team Rosberg; 394 pts

HOCKENHEIM SEASON FINALE

Nico Müller und Robin Frijns auf dem Podium

RACE 17 (SATURDAY, 5 OCTOBER)

From his eighth pole position this year to his seventh victory this season: René Rast, previously confirmed as 2019 drivers’ champion before the two final races, by scoring the maximum number of points a driver can achieve, secures Audi an early title win in the teams’ classification for Audi Sport Team Rosberg. On top of that, he clinches the 50th DTM victory in the Audi RS 5 DTM, which has been fielded since 2013. Fellow Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller in third position perfects another 2019 double podium for Audi.

Drivers’ classification: 1 Rast; 307 pts – previously confirmed champion
Manufacturers’ classification: 1 Audi; 1,059 pts – previously confirmed champion
Teams’ classification: 1 Audi Sport Team Rosberg; 422 pts – now early champion

René Rast auf dem Podium

RACE 18 (SUNDAY, 6 OCTOBER)

In the rain at Hockenheim, Audi shines across the board on the final day of the 2019 DTM season: Nico Müller (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) wins a race for the third time this year and finishes the drivers’ championship runner-up. Mike Rockenfeller (Audi Sport Team Phoenix), who enters the last race from pole position, finishes the race as the runner-up. Drivers’ champion René Rast (Audi Sport Team Rosberg), in third position, completes Audi’s sixth podium lockout. “Everyone at Audi can be proud of this exceptional season,” says Member of Audi’s Management Board for Development Hans-Joachim Rothenspieler. “This was Vorsprung durch Technik par excellence, but also a fantastic achievement of the entire Audi squad.” With the Audi RS 5 DTM with its new four-cylinder turbo engine, Audi Sport was the measure of all things in the 2019 DTM: twelve victories, twelve pole positions, twelve fastest laps, 40 of 54 possible podium finishes, with 1,132 points, more than twice as many as its immediate rival, BMW.

Drivers’ classification: 1 Rast; 322 pts – champion
Manufacturers’ classification: 1 Audi; 1,132 pts – champion
Teams’ classification: 1 Audi Sport Team Rosberg; 447 pts – champion

TITLE
TRIPLE

Dieter Gass and René Rast
Audi RS 5 DTM on the grid
Nico Müller and René Rast on the podium

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