DTM: Six wins in a row for Rene Rast, Gary Paffett is the 2018 champion
Two men marked the DTM season’s finale at Hockenheimring. Rene Rast clinched victories in both races in the #33 Audi RS5 DTM, becoming the first driver in the history of DTM to score six consecutive wins after he won also at Nurburgring and Red Bull Ring in the previous two rounds.
However, a new record was good enough just for the second place in the championship, behind Gary Paffett in the #2 Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM, who finished fourth in Saturday’s race and third in Sunday’s race. In the end, Paffett collected 255 points, four more than last year’s champion Rene Rast. Paul Di Resta, who came to Hockenheim as the championship leader, ended the year in the third place with 233 points.
On Saturday, Audi scored a 1-2 victory with Rene Rast in front of Robin Frijns. It was the fifth win for Rast and second podium for Frijns. BMW’s Timo Glock finished in the third place, ahead of Gary Paffett who takes the championship lead. For Paul Di Resta, the penultimate race of the season was a disappointment because he arrived to Hockenheim as the points’ leader and finished just in the eighth place.
On Sunday, Marco Wittmann (BMW) started from pole but lost a lead immediately before the first turn to Rene Rast. Their positions remained unchanged until the end of the race. Gary Paffett started from P3 and finished third, collecting enough points to take his second DTM title in a career. He was the champion for the first time back in 2005.