may 20, 2019 - Audi

René Rast wins also at Zolder and thanks his team for a night shift

  • Audi driver is first competitor to have scored two wins in DTM's new turbo era
  • Mechanics worked up until the early morning hours
  • Teammate Jamie Green on podium too

René Rast is the first driver to have achieved two victories in the DTM's new turbo era. At the DTM's return to #zolder, Belgium, the #Audi driver won Sunday's race in commanding style. His teammate, Jamie Green, perfected #Audi Sport Team Rosberg's triumph by finishing in third position. Mike Rockenfeller from #Audi Sport Team Phoenix came fourth.

For Rast, this marked the twelfth #DTM triumph in total, the eighth in the last ten races, plus a very special one. Following his retirement on Saturday due to a damaged intercooler, his team replaced the engine of his #Audi RS 5 #DTM overnight as a precaution. "The guys worked up until the early morning hours," said Rast. "Even so, my car was immediately perfect again in qualifying on Sunday. A big thank you goes to the guys from my Team Rosberg, and to #Audi Sport, who practically prepared the car from scratch again."

Rast missed pole position by just six thousandths of a second. In the race, he put pressure on pole sitter Sheldon van der Linde in a BMW straight from the start and overtook the South African on the eleventh of 39 laps. In spite of a safety car period, which caused his advantage to shrink for a short while, the #Audi driver crossed the finish line in the end with a clear advantage of nearly ten seconds over Philipp Eng (BMW). "This was an incredible victory again," said Rast. "The new #Audi RS 5 #DTM is an outstanding race car."

Behind Rast, a fierce battle for the other podium positions was raging in Sunday's race. The head-to-head fight saw his teammate, Jamie Green, bump Sheldon van der Linde from third position on the last lap. "This is my first #DTM podium in more than a year," said the Briton. "From ninth on the grid, that was a very pleasant surprise. It was a superb race that was really good fun."

Green used the safety car period for a second tire change. On fresh tires, the #Audi driver battled his way forward in an entertaining final stage from eleventh to third place, with Mike Rockenfeller from #Audi Sport Team Phoenix in tow. Rockenfeller had changed tires late and was able to leverage his tire advantage on the final laps as well. Rockenfeller's teammate, Loïc Duval, was #racing with a similar strategy, but dropped out of the points in a tussle after the restart.

For #Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Sunday ended in disappointment. Robin Frijns, from fourth on the grid, was battling for a podium finish before being forced to retire after a collision about halfway through the race. Nico Müller finished Sunday's race in eighth position.

Pietro Fittipaldi scored points again: the Brazilian clinched an impressive ninth place in the home round of the WRT Team #Audi Sport customer team.

"Yesterday overtaking at #zolder seemed impossible and today we saw plenty of overtaking maneuvers and fantastic #racing," said Head of #Audimotorsport Dieter Gass. "It was an incredible race with an extremely good result for #Audi. My thanks go to the entire squad that untiringly worked again this weekend. Without them, this success would not have been possible."