Rene Rast became two-time DTM championSeptember 16, 2019
Rene Rast secured his second DTM title one stage before the end of the season, taking the podium in a tough Sunday race at the Nurburgring.
At the start, the new champion took the lead, having passed the holder of the pole Jamie Green, but before the wave of mandatory pit stops, he could not create a gap. The Briton correctly took advantage of the situation, regaining leadership by stopping a circle later, and no longer allowed Rast to come to him.
In the final part of the race, Rast also missed Robin Frains, who stitched the peloton on fresh tires and tried to compete with Green for leadership. The Dutchman had the most real opportunity to go ahead on the penultimate lap, but he braked too late in the NGK chicane and, cutting off the second apex on the grass, was forced to regain his position. At the finish, the riders shared 0.4 seconds.
Rast completely lost the pace in the last laps and finished with a lag of 5.8 seconds, having won another five seconds against Loic Duval. The fifth was Jonathan Aberdeen, in a tight fight ahead of Nico Muller three laps before the finish. Mike Rockenfeller failed the race tactically – the 2013 champion was stuck in traffic after a very late pit stop and could not realize the advantage on the tires.
The best BMW to finish at 20 seconds from the winner was Philip Eng, Timo Glock and Bruno Spengler closed the points.
The final stage of the DTM season will be held October 5-6 in Hockenheim and will be joint with the Japanese Super GT series.
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