René Rast overcomes battle with Gary Paffett to win fifth consecutive DTM...

René Rast overcomes battle with Gary Paffett to win fifth consecutive DTM race

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Defending Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters champion René Rast came out on top after a tight battle with title rival Gary Paffett to win his fifth race in a row.

Rast headed home an Audi 1-2, as Robin Frijns utilised his fresher rubber to scythe his way through the field en route to second place, with BMW’s Timo Glock rounding out the podium.

2005 champion Gary Paffett struggled to ‘switch on’ his tyres after a late safety car and dropped from second to fourth.

With Di Resta coming home eighth, the result promotes Paffett into the lead of the championship by six points ahead of Di Resta, with winner Rast 15 points adrift going into the final race of the season tomorrow [14 October].

Polesitter Lucas Auer gave up the lead to fellow Mercedes racer Gary Paffett on the opening lap before the former was forced to retire with a stuck throttle.

As Paffett led the early stages, Rast battled up to second and closed in before attempting the undercut by stopping early on lap 14.

Paffett responded on the following lap and emerged ahead of his rival, and a tremendous battle ensued with the pair swapping positions multiple times before Rast eventually made a move stick on lap 25.

A safety car was then deployed to clear up the door of Augusto Farfus, which had flown off through the Parabolica curve and into the hairpin.

Rast made a dream restart while Paffett struggled for pace, eventually dropping to fourth behind Frijns and Glock.

Behind Paffett was the charging Audi trio Loïc Duval, Mike Rockenfeller and Nico Müller, with the Audi RS 5 DTM seemingly kinder on its tyres than the opposition and giving them an advantage late in the race.

Bruno Spengler and Edoardo Mortara rounded out the top ten, while Auer and Farfus were classed as retirements.

Marco Wittmann’s poor weekend continued as he was forced to pull off with grass and dust in the radiator of his BMW M4 DTM.

The final race of the 2018 DTM season is scheduled to get underway tomorrow [14th October] at 13:30 CEST [12:30 BST] where the battle for the Drivers’ Championship 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 34 56:59.934 1:34.986 3
2 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 34 0.354 1:35.141 7
3 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 34 1.856 1:34.743 8
4 2 Gary PAFFETT Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 34 2.641 1:35.238 2
5 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 34 5.136 1:35.476 16
6 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 34 6.066 1:35.728 15
7 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 34 6.982 1:35.365 5
8 3 Paul DI RESTA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 34 7.952 1:35.695 6
9 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 34 8.709 1:35.676 11
10 48 Edoardo MORTARA SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 34 10.023 1:36.075 9
11 94 Pascal WEHRLEIN Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 34 11.001 1:36.011 14
12 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 34 11.653 1:34.877 12
13 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 34 12.299 1:36.002 17
14 23 Daniel JUNCADELLA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 34 13.030 1:35.437 13
15 47 Joel ERIKSSON BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 34 13.400 1:35.484 10
16 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 27 + 7 LAPS 1:34.945 18
17 15 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 25 + 9 LAPS 1:34.795 4
R 22 Lucas AUER SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 6 DNF 1:35.598 1