may 28, 2018 - Audi

Champion René Rast back in Audi RS 5 DTM

Only two weeks after his serious #racing accident reigning #dtm Champion #renerast will be back on the grid at #budapest on the first weekend in June – driving the same Audi #rs5dtm in which he had his accident in the #dtm round at the Lausitzring. Motorsport fans around the world held their breath when Rast spectacularly somersaulted there.

The carbon fiber monocoque that is identical for all #dtm cars not only prevented #renerast from sustaining injuries at the Lausitzring but remained intact itself in the rollover incident as well. Intensive ultrasonic examinations confirmed this. Consequently, Audi Sport Team Rosberg last Wednesday was able to start reassembling the Audi #rs5dtm based on the previous monocoque and prepare it for the races at the Hungaroring (June 1 to 3). Following a subsequent brief functional check at Audi in Neuburg, the car will be transported to #hungary.

“A race car cannot be any safer than this,” says Rast who can hardly wait to be sitting behind the wheel of his Audi Sport #rs5dtm again in #hungary: “The Hungaroring in #budapest has been one of my favorite tracks not only since my first #dtm victory in 2017. I enjoyed #racing in #hungary even before then because it’s a difficult and very challenging track that is always tremendous fun for me.” The title defender has fondest memories of the #dtm round at the Hungaroring about a year ago. On Saturday, he clinched his first pole position in the #dtm and on Sunday, his first victory, plus his first lead of the standings. This success laid the foundation for the title win in his rookie season.

For the Audi #rs5dtm, it will be the second visit to #hungary this year. On May 1, the #dtm stopped in the heart of #budapest to take part in a big motorsport festival. Champion #renerast and current leader of the #dtm standings Timo Glock (BMW) thrilled tens of thousands of fans with burnouts and donuts. The #dtm races will be held some 20 kilometers away from the city center at the Hungaroring.

 

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