René Rast completes perfect weekend with second Nürburgring victory

René Rast completes perfect weekend with second Nürburgring victory

René Rast
Photo: ITR e.V.

DTM reigning champion René Rast had an easier route to victory on the Sunday as he cruised towards his third win of the 2018 season.

Rast took victory ahead of Paul Di Resta who had started in eleventh and BMW driver Marco Wittmann who made sure that all three manufacturers were represented on the podium.

The Audi driver fended off early pressure in the opening laps from Mercedes-Benz man Gary Paffett who struggled off the startline to allow a hard charging Lucas Auer and Timo Glock past.

Mercedes racer Auer dived spectacularly past Paffett at the first corner and the Austrian looked set to take the challenge to the pole sitting Audi.

However, on lap three Paffett regained his second position when a rather robust move from Glock spun Auer at Turn 1. Glock was subsequently given a drive-through penalty for his actions.

Auer would eventually retire from the race on lap 35 due to the damage suffered from the incident.

On laps five and six, Paffett was stuck behind a seemingly struggling Rast who then found his pace and begun to pull away from the championship leading Mercedes-Benz.

Mike Rockenfeller was sitting pretty in third until the eighth lap when he locked up going into Turn 1 allowing through Bruno Spengler and a hard charging Paul Di Resta.

Di Resta who started in eleventh had made his way up into the top five by lap seven, undoubtedly trying to make up for the disappointing spin that he endured in the first race yesterday.

Lap 18 saw Rast make his mandatory pitstop and his Audi squad made sure he got out quickly following a 6.6 second stop.

Paffett pitted a lap later. But, a sticking right rear wheel ruined his chances of scoring a podium finish. It seemed that both Paffett and Di Resta had a reversal of luck over the weekend.

Rockenfeller’s day got even worse when he was tapped into a spin by Augusto Farfus in Turn 2.

Di Resta’s race was decided on lap 22 when he made his way past Spengler who had just pitted for fresh tyres. Tyres were taking longer to warm up this race so Di Resta had the advantage.

Following the pit disappointment, Paffett had to make sure his moves stuck on track as a series of overtakes on Joel Eriksson and Philipp Eng gave him the fifth place where he would eventually finish.

In the closing laps, Di Resta was visibly getting closer to the leader Rast. However, the Audi driver had done enough earlier in the race to open a gap and he made his way to the chequered flag in order to round off a perfect weekend for the German.

Marco Wittmann kept second place honest in the closing laps to take his first podium in the series since the Norisring.

Bruno Spengler finished fourth whilst in sixth behind Paffett came Misano race winner Joel Eriksson.

Farfus, Eng, Wehrlein and Robin Frijns rounded out the top ten.

Following this weekend and despite the change of championship leader, Gary Paffett has a gap of just two points between himself and Paul Di Resta. René Rast goes into third with 149 points.

Race result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 40 57:17.440 1:24.246 1
2 3 Paul DI RESTA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 40 2.739 1:24.241 11
3 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 40 3.439 1:24.278 9
4 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 40 5.643 1:24.259 8
5 2 Gary PAFFETT Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 40 7.177 1:23.875 2
6 47 Joel ERIKSSON BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 40 7.862 1:24.244 10
7 15 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 40 14.802 1:24.480 13
8 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 40 16.174 1:24.188 3
9 94 Pascal WEHRLEIN Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 40 30.606 1:24.321 6
10 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 40 30.903 1:24.257 17
11 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 40 32.439 1:24.636 16
12 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 40 34.347 1:24.546 7
13 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 40 36.185 1:24.139 12
14 48 Edoardo MORTARA SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 40 36.445 1:24.377 18
15 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 40 1:03.843 1:24.187 15
16 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 40 1:16.234 1:24.426 4
17 23 Daniel JUNCADELLA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 38 2 LAPS 1:23.947 14
18 22 Lucas AUER SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 33 7 LAPS 1:24.739 5