Published on October 19th, 2020 | by Subhash Nair0
Audi’s Final DTM Finale Looms with René Rast Leading the Standings
It’s strange to think that Audi will be leaving DTM at the end of this season after such a huge investment. It seems like just last week the announcement was made, and now the final race of the reason looms on the 7th and 8th of November at the Hockenheimring.
René Rast from Audi Sport Team Rosberg heads there as the leader of the standing. His last race was hard fought, and he managed a huge 19-point lead by the end of it. Here’s the full report on the action at Zolder.
After his fourth consecutive victory, title defender René Rast from Audi Sport Team Rosberg will travel as the leader of the standings to the DTM finale at the Hockenheimring, which will take place on November 7 and 8.
The two-time DTM champion won all four of the races at Zolder, Belgium, in his Audi RS 5 DTM and has turned a 47-point deficit into a 19-point lead within nine days. The German claimed 109 of 112 possible points in Belgium – maybe his masterpiece.
In the turbulent race, in which only ten cars crossed the finish line, Rast had to fight hard for his sixth victory of the season, especially during the opening laps. After two Indy restarts, Rast managed to fend off all of the attacks from his fiercest rival for the title, Nico Müller from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline. Rast also successfully countered an undercut by Müller, who came into the pits one lap before him. After his pit stop, Rast not only remained in front of the Swiss, but he also returned to the track ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg, who had led the race up to that point.
With second place, Nico Müller kept his chances of winning the title alive. From fifth place on the grid, the Swiss immediately moved up to third. However, unlike Rast, he was unable to drive in open air after his pit stop.
With a gap of 41 points, Müller’s teammate Robin Frijns now only has an outside chance for the title. The Dutchman was taken out of the race through no fault of his own in a collision between BMW driver Jonathan Aberdein and Fabio Scherer.
Jamie Green finished fifth, Mike Rockenfeller from Audi Sport Team Phoenix finished sixth. His teammate Benoît Tréluyer retired after a collision at the first restart.
WRT Team Audi Sport experienced a rollercoaster of emotions. In the morning, Ferdinand Habsburg clinched the first pole position for a customer team in the modern era of the DTM. The Austrian sealed a new record: It was the 15th pole position for Audi this year. Never before has a manufacturer achieved more than 14 pole positions in a single DTM season.
With Fabio Scherer in fourth and Harrison Newey in twelfth position on the grid, WRT achieved its best qualifying result in the DTM so far. All the more disappointing was the race result with ninth and tenth for Newey and Habsburg. After his initial lead, the Austrian’s pace became slower and slower due to a tire problem and he had to come into the pits for a second tire change.