Rene Rast is a German racer born on 26th of October 1986 in Minden, in the north-east of Rhein-Westphalia. He is a three-time champion of Porsche Supercup and twice was a winner of Porsche Carrera Cup Germany.
Rene Rast in Porsche, 2012
René Rast started career in the karting
At the age of eight, Rast gets into the karting races and was a national champion before he moved to Formula BMW. At the age of 18, he triumphed in Volkswagen Polo Cup and in the next year was runner-up of Seat Cup, missing the first place in the last race.
Debut in Porsche Supercup
In 2007, Rene moved to the Porsche Carrera Cup in which, as a member of MRS Racing team. Next year his performances were recognized with the "Motorsport Talent of the Year" award after he won sixth place and was the best in the German Porsche Carrera Cup. Even better he was in 2009 when he achieved six wins, but he eventually finished as runner-up in the Porsche Supercup.
Rene Rast, 2012 Porsche Supercup champion
Three titles in-a-row
From 2010 Rast begins to drive for Lechner Racing Team and that was beginning of his dominance in Porsche Supercup. He has won three championships in a row. In his first season, he achieved four wins in 10 races, in the following season he was fastest in five of 11 races, and the same number of victories recorded at only eight races in 2012. The same year, Rene Rast won the title in the German Porsche Carrera Cup as a member of Deutsche Post by Project 1 team and also won the 24 Hours of Daytona GT Division driving and Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with co-drivers Andy Lally, Richard Lietz and team owner John Potter.
ADAC GT Masters champion
Next, Rast’s destination was ADAC GT Masters championship. Paired with Kelvin van der Linde, he won three races and clinched championship title driving the Audi R8 for Christian Abt Racing in which he arrived a year earlier.
René Rast and Kelvin van der Linde, Audi, Prosperia C.Abt - ADAC GT Masters 2014 champions
In 2013, RenéRast performed well in the FIA GT Series as a driver of Belgian Audi Club Team WRT. He won the qualifying race in Baku, finished second at Slovakiaring and was third at Zandvoort and Zolder to finish 8th overall in the Drivers' championship.
With the same team, in 2014 Rast has competed in the Blancpain GT Series. The German won the race at Zandvoort and finished third at Algarve and Slovakiaring, but that was enough only for the 5th place in the championship at the end of the season.
Rene Rast, 24 Hours of Le Mans
In the same time, Rene Rast competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship, driving a Sebastien Loeb Racing'sOreca 03R-Nissan. Actually, he has appeared only at 24 Hours of Le Mans where he was 8th overall and 4th in the class. The following year, Rast switched for Audi Sport Team Joest. This time, he was 7th at Le Mans and 4th at Spa.
Video - Onboard 2014 Le Mans LMP2
DTM remains the main goal
As Rene has stated many times, his next wish is to test himself in the DTM, but in a meantime, he turned focus to endurance racing. In 2016, he acted as a reserve driver in DTM but without too much success. However, he was more successful in the other series. He won the GTD class in 24 hours of Daytona, finished 2nd in 24 hours of Le Mans in LMP2 class and made a debut in the FIA Formula E Championship with Team Aguri.
Alex Brundle, Roman Rusinov and Rene Rast
During the 2016 Rast also drove in the Blancpain GT Series, driving for Belgian Audi Club Team WRT, but competing in the World Endurance Championship LMP2 class with G-Drive Racing was his main duty.
In his spare time, Rast is enjoying in music, mountain biking, and skiing with his girlfriend Diana.