Audi’s Rene Rast took a lights to flag victory in the penultimate race of the 2019 season. The German came home just ahead of BMW’s Marco Whittmann while Mike Rockenfeller completed the podium in his Audi.
Rene Rast commented saying:
Winning is always a special moment, and securing the teams’ title is the icing on the cake. I’m really happy for the whole team. Together, we’ve put so much effort into this project – endless hours and days. Claiming victory was not as easy as it might have looked from the outside: Marco really had a good first stint and applied a lot of pressure.
Speaking following the opening race of the weekend Marco Whittmann said:
“So far, the entire weekend has gone well. The Safety Car didn’t work in our favour after a good first stint. I overtook ‘Rocky’ and closed up to René; we tried the undercut by stopping earlier than René and it would have worked out – however, the Safety Car came out on track at completely the wrong time. After that, I only had one real chance to make a move, which I did – but it was more for the show! René countered with DRS. We started this season with a win; now we’ll try everything tomorrow to end it with a win, too.
Mike Rockenfeller said:
My start wasn’t great, but it was good. I was able to overtake Marco on the opening lap and close up to René. But today, René and Marco simply had a better pace than us. When Marco had overtaken me again, I had to let him go as my tyres were degrading. During my second stint, the Safety Car came out and I was pleased that we had made our pit-stop already. After that, I just brought the car home.
Robin Frijns was fourth for Audi just ahead of fellow Audi driver Loic Duval and former Formula One driver Timo Glock. Paul di Resta was seventh for Aston Martin just ahead of Bruno Spengler of Canada for BMW.
This weekend sees the Super GT championship from Japan join the DTM and the opening race of the new partnership was fantastic particularly for Honda’s Jenson Button as the 2009 Formula One champion who qualified 15th came home in ninth place and speaking following the race he said:
I only lost one place at the start. However, without DRS, keeping up was difficult. Only once I’d found a rhythm was I able to counter. On the other hand, I should have been friendlier to the tyres. I was also rather too late with my stop. On top of that, our stop was rather long – the guys aren’t used to pit-stops like these, so we lost some time. After the restart, I worked my way up from 15th to ninth place and that was a lot of fun.
BMW’s Joel Eriksson rounded out the top ten. The 2019 DTM season concludes tomorrow with race two in Hockenheim.