René Rast tops final day of DTM testing

René Rast tops final day of DTM testing

Audi Sport RS 5 DTM #33 (Audi Sport Team Rosberg), René Rast
Photo: Audi AG

Reigning DTM champion René Rast topped times times on the final day of the official pre-season test at the Nürburgring, but it was fellow Audi racer Ferdinand von Habsburg who emerged with the best time of all four days combined.

Rast put in his best time of the week so far to top the morning session, although his lap was not quick enough to match that of von Habsburg, who posted a time on Wednesday which was just over a tenth quicker.

In Thursday’s combined classification, BMW’s Timo Glock ended the day second fastest, 0.165 seconds adrift of Rast, with BMW newcomer Jonathan Aberdein in third, a further four hundredths behind.

Audi’s Mike Rockenfeller was fourth, 0.258 seconds off Rast, despite the Team Phoenix driver completing more laps than any other driver during the four-day test.

Team Abt’s Robin Frijns was fifth, ahead of team-mate Nico Müller in sixth.

BMW’s Lucas Auer was seventh, edging out the independent ART-run BMW of Robert Kubica in eighth, the Pole posting his best time of the entire test on Thursday morning.

The biggest talking point of the day was the fact that Harrison Newey, son of F1 designer Adrian, was behind the wheel of one of WRT’s Audis, the Brit lapping ninth fastest, 0.733 seconds off the pace after completing 140 laps.

Audi’s Loïc Duval was tenth, the Frenchman completing just 68 laps across the entire test due to having broken his collarbone just two weeks’ ago in a mountain biking accident. Duval had taken to the track on Tuesday as well, when he posted his best time of the test, but could only manage a further 39 laps on Thursday.

WRT’s Fabio Scherer was 11th in Thursday’s combined times, whilst Habsburg propped up the times after a low-key effort, having topped both Tuesday and Wednesday’s times.

BMW’s Philipp Eng completed just six laps and did not cross the start line.

Austrian von Habsburg leads the Eiffel with the best overall time

In the combined ranking, von Habsburg claimed the best time with his lap on Wednesday, ahead of Swiss racer Müller, also on Wednesday, 0.033 seconds behind.

“On Wednesday, we have posted the fastest DTM lap time at the Nürburgring,” said von Habsburg of his time which was quicker than the qualifying lap record. “That shows how fast and exciting the DTM will be this season. I really enjoyed being back behind the wheel after such a long time of waiting.”

Rast’s Thursday lap put him in third, ahead of Jamie Green’s time posted on Wednesday, the duo having shared the same chassis.

BMW’s Sheldon van der Linde was fifth overall, 0.159 seconds off the pace, ahead of Glock in sixth, a further tenth of a second back.

Key statistics and virus control measures

In total 16 different drivers took part in the tests, with only WRT’s Ed Jones absent from all four days.

Audi factory teams completed 1,964 laps in total, ahead of BMW’s factory squads on 1,737 laps.

DTM organiser, ITR Gmbh, reported a ‘successful’ implementation of the series’ COVID-19 ‘infection protection plan’, with the test having been extremely limited in terms of personnel numbers.

It reported that “a detailed and precise infection protection plan allowed for the test days to be held amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

“In the implementation of the measures, such as distancing, use of protection and regular temperature checks, all the organisations involved perfectly worked together.”

The DTM season gets underway at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on 1 – 2 August.

Combined morning and afternoon results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 165 1:19.028 0.000
2 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 161 1:19.193 0.165
3 27 Jonathan ABERDEIN BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 166 1:19.230 0.202
4 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 82 1:19.286 0.258
5 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 80 1:19.375 0.347
6 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 94 1:19.428 0.400
7 22 Lucas AUER BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 145 1:19.476 0.448
8 8 Robert KUBICA BMW Team ART BMW M4 DTM 146 1:19.493 0.465
9 10 Harrison NEWEY Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 140 1:19.761 0.733
10 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 39 1:20.045 1.017
11 13 Fabio SCHERER Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 66 1:20.401 1.373
12 62 Ferdinand VON HABSBURG Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 84 1:21.134 2.106
13 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 6 No time N/A

Combined times – all four days

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 62 Ferdinand VON HABSBURG Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 529 1:18.911 0.000
2 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 325 1:18.944 0.033
3 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 359 1:19.028 0.117
4 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 280 1:19.037 0.126
5 31 Sheldon VAN DER LINDE BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 273 1:19.070 0.159
6 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 292 1:19.157 0.246
7 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 330 1:19.204 0.293
8 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 363 1:19.214 0.303
9 27 Jonathan ABERDEIN BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 318 1:19.230 0.319
10 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 569 1:19.286 0.375
11 22 Lucas AUER BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 291 1:19.476 0.565
12 8 Robert KUBICA BMW Team ART BMW M4 DTM 541 1:19.493 0.582
13 13 Fabio SCHERER Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 354 1:19.511 0.600
14 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 224 1:19.581 0.670
15 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 68 1:19.587 0.676
16 10 Harrison NEWEY Audi Sport Team WRT Audi RS5 DTM 140 1:19.761 0.850