Rene Rast is the DTM champion for the second time in three years
Rene Rast is the DTM champion for 2019! The driver of the #33 Audi RS5 Turbo clinched his second DTM title in three years in the penultimate round of the season at Nürburgring, winning the race on Saturday and taking third place on Sunday. He secured enough points to celebrate the title ahead of season’s finale that will take place on October 5-6 at Hockenheimring.
After eight rounds and sixteen races, Rast has 279 points, 56 more than Audi teammate Nico Muller, who finished 15th and 6th in two Nürburgring’s races. Despite his not so good results, Muller is secure on the second place in the championship with the 41-point gap ahead of Marco Wittmann (BMW). There will be an intense battle for the fourth place in the championship because four drivers (Mike Rockenfeller, Philipp Eng, Robin Frijns, Loic Duval) are inside twenty-two points.
At Nürburgring, Rene Rast converted Saturday’s pole position into his sixth victory of the season. He shared a podium with Bruno Spengler and Marco Wittmann. The rookie Jonathan Aberdein (Audi) equals his career-best result with the fourth place.
On Sunday, Jamie Green started from pole and scored his first victory of the season. It was one more perfect race for Audi with three drivers on a podium – Robin Frijns finished second, Rene Rast was third.
Rast becomes the seventh driver in DTM history to win more than one title, joining fellow double-title winners Mattias Ekström, Timo Scheider, Marco Wittmann and Gary Paffett. Only Klaus Ludwig and Bernd Schneider have won more than two titles. Rast celebrated his second crown in only his third full season in the DTM.
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