The DTM heads to the Lausitzring for their milestone 500th race on Sunday and looking ahead to race Rene Rast said:

“I am no longer thinking about the accident I had last year. Thankfully, I didn’t have any pain or problems after the crash, so therefore, it was all over and done with the next day as far as I was concerned. In the manufacturers’ standings, things are looking quite well for Audi. I don’t think that we should try to seal the title as early as possible. Whether it happens at the Lausitzring or later isn’t decisive. For all of us, the DTM drivers’ title is more significant than the manufacturers’ title. At the end of the day, people rather tend to remember the winner of the drivers’ title. That is why our focus is more on this championship. I may not have been racing in the DTM very long, but I have been racing on the DTM platform since 2003. From that perspective, I have been part of the DTM environment for a long time already. My first impressions from the DTM go back even longer: I vividly remember the days of Kurt Thiim and Klaus Ludwig and I attended the races at the Diepholz airfield circuit as a kid.”

Paul Di Resta commented on race saying:

“The Lausitzring has always been quite a challenging circuit. Over the years, the number of bumps has increased. Moreover, the forecast for the weekend includes quite high temperatures, so it will not be too easy. 500 races, that clearly shows the success story the DTM has written. The DTM has been a huge part of my life and it is like a big family. On one hand, it is my hobby, my passion, but on the other hand, it is my profession. You feel privileged for being a part of it. I hope that this success story will continue for a long time to come.”

Bruno Spengler from BMW said:

“I think it is very good that we are now using the longer track lay-out of the Lausitzring. As a result, we have more medium-fast corners that make the track suit our cars really well. Moreover, we have better opportunities for overtaking than in the past. I am always having a really good time at the Lausitzring as it is a technically very demanding track. Here, your car has to tick all the boxes: be good on the brakes, have a good traction and generate a lot of grip, particularly in the middle sector. It is impressive that a race series like the DTM is now at 500 races. I am proud of being a part of it when we are reaching this milestone. That is something special. I was already very proud of being there for the start of the new turbo era combined with the transition from eight to four cylinders as well.”

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