René Rast wants a second crack of the whip in WTCR

René Rast wants a second crack of the whip in WTCR

René Rast
Photo: Francois Flamand / DPPI

Audi’s René Rast says he would like to return to the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) again for another chance to secure a podium result, after his weekend ended with an accident in race two.

Reigning DTM champion Rast was competing as one of the two wildcard entries on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, and he showed his potential in Thursday’s first race with a strong sixth place finish.

However Rast’s weekend in a touring car came to an abrupt end after race two on Saturday, when contact with Rob Huff ended his race on the opening lap.

The damage sustained also prevented Rast from starting race three, leaving him with a sense of unfinished business in the WTCR.

“Unfortunately [the race lasted] just three corners,” said Rast. “I had a decent start but lost two positions before the first corner.

“I was outside of Rob Huff in Turn 3, there was a bit of touch moment and my steering just broke and I went straight in the gravel. I got a massive hit on the steering and that was the end of my race.”

Rast says he would like to be able to return to WTCR later in the year if he was given a chance to join the series again, praising the difficult of racing his RS3 LMS against some of the most experienced touring car drivers in the world.

“I would like to [come back]. The cars are very demanding to drive, especially on a track like the Nordschleife. It’s very tricky to drive, very hard to drive and for the drivers it’s very challenging.

“The skill of the drivers is very outstanding so obviously I would like to come back and hopefully join the podium one day.”