René Rast closes gap in title fight with fourth consecutive DTM victory

René Rast closes gap in title fight with fourth consecutive DTM victory

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Defending champion René Rast combined pit strategy with a lightning start to take his fourth consecutive Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters win, closing the gap to his title rivals in the standings.

Rast led home an Audi 1-2 as an impressive Nico Müller followed him across the line, some five seconds clear of polesitter Gary Paffett who completed the podium.

In fourth position was standings leader Paul Di Resta who jumped Paffett in the stops, before the latter took back the position to narrow the gap in the championship.

Race one winner Rast gained four positions from his grid slot of eighth in the opening few corners, and then passed Paffett and Di Resta in the stops by virtue of an undercut, before closing on and passing Müller for the victory.

In doing so, he put a car between himself and title rivals Di Resta and Paffett, and now sits 30 points adrift of standings leader Di Resta, with 56 points up for grabs at the title decider at Hockenheim.

Rookie Joel Eriksson rounded out the top five as the fastest BMW entry ahead of Pascal Wehrlein who fended off Timo Glock at the line.

Next was race one podium finisher Mike Rockenfeller who had a quiet race en route to eighth position, finishing ahead of a fierce battle between Philip Eng, Edoardo Mortara and Daniel Juncadella who secured ninth, tenth and 11th respectively.

Race one polesitter Juncadella had been battling with Glock for seventh position earlier in the race, before the former slide wide at turn four after locking up following a lunge down the inside.

Augusto Farfus was an early retirement in the race after he battled with five-time World Rally champion Sebastian Ogier, with the latter needing a tear-off at his stop due to the oil spilled from Farfus’ BMW.

Lucas Auer continued his disappointing weekend with a retirement, after he had an issue with his Mercedes in qualifying.

The final double-header of the championship will be held at Hockenheim on the weekend of the 13-14th October, where the title will be decided.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 40 57:45.704 1:25.063 7
2 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 40 0.421 1:25.003 2
3 2 Gary PAFFETT Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 40 4.700 1:24.907 1
4 3 Paul DI RESTA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 40 6.963 1:25.207 3
5 47 Joel ERIKSSON BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 40 10.889 1:25.228 5
6 94 Pascal WEHRLEIN Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 40 14.709 1:25.387 4
7 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 40 15.692 1:25.421 6
8 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 40 20.193 1:25.337 13
9 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 40 24.830 1:25.160 10
10 48 Edoardo MORTARA SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 40 25.685 1:25.356 9
11 23 Daniel JUNCADELLA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 40 26.314 1:25.290 8
12 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 40 26.647 1:25.286 12
13 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 40 36.841 1:25.093 11
14 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 40 37.659 1:25.355 17
15 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 40 38.013 1:25.631 15
16 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 40 38.336 1:25.695 18
17 17 Sébastien OGIER Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 39 + 1 LAP 1:25.461 19
R 22 Lucas AUER SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 27 DNF 1:25.315 14
R 15 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 15 DNF 1:26.026 16