René Rast revelled in claiming his third consecutive win at Zolder on Saturday, although the new points leader cautioned that ‘anything is possible’ in the final three races of the season.
After another pole position and victory in Belgium, reigning champion Rast has finally moved to the top of the drivers’ standings for the first time this season.
The German now holds a ten-point advantage over main rival Nico Müller after claiming his fifth win of the year, with Müller having another difficult race which saw him finish just sixth.
Rast held off a challenge from Robin Frijns for much of the race, and the Dutchman’s second place finish has also moved him to just 15 points from the top of the table, and five points from Müller.
Rast was delighted to once again win – the 22nd of his DMT career – but the German admitted that the title fight could still take some more twists and turns.
“It feels amazing,” said Rast. “The first time this year we are leading the championship and after such a tough season, where we had actually no chance –two weeks ago we were P3 and had no chance to win the championship.
“To turn the table around and win three races is just incredible. Now we are leading the championship, but Robin was very strong today, so he will be a tough opponent.
“I think Nico, if he gets his qualifying sorted, can also fight for victories.
“Anything is possible. I think that’s the final we all want to see. It’s going to be very close between all of us – one little mistake from one of us and his title hopes might be gone.
“So now it’s about getting everything together, focussing on qualifying and obviously collecting points in the races.
“But at the moment I’m just so happy to have those three wins in a row. We came from nowhere and now we are leading, so I’m very happy.”