august 12, 2018 - Audi

DTM - RACE 1 : René Rast just misses podium finish

Defending Champion #renerast from Audi Sport Team Rosberg finished fourth and in doing so just missed a podium finish in the #dtm premiere on the Grand Prix circuit at #brandshatch (Great Britain).


Rast claimed third place on the grid after qualifying strongly for Saturday’s race and took second immediately after the start. The strategy to pit and change tires directly at the end of the first lap, as in his victory drive at Zandvoort, did not however pay off for the German this time. “I made a good start,” said the Audi driver. “But then a slow zone was called, which effectively cancelled out my tire advantage. Without the slow zone it could have been a much better result. Even so, I’m satisfied to have scored good points for the championship.”

As expected, grid positions for the first #dtm race around the 3.916-kilometer #brandshatch Grand Prix track played a crucial role. Apart from the phase during the pit stops there was hardly any overtaking. A highlight was the maneuver made by #dtm newcomer #robinfrijns (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) who overtook BMW driver Timo Glock in the infamous Paddock Hill Bend. #mikerockenfeller and Jamie Green caught and passed Glock at the same time on the same lap.

Further information in the press release to download