Audi driver Rene Rast claimed his second Germany Touring Car Championship (DTM) title following a third place finish at the Nurburgring on Sunday. Rast came home just behind Robin Frijns and race winner Jamie Green with one race remaining this season.
Speaking following the race, winner Jamie Green said:
Today was a hard race, a big battle ‘til the end. Today, we were allowed to fight freely, and winning feels just great. Congratulations to Audi and René on winning the title! At Hockenheim, the teams’ championship is still at stake, and hopefully we’ll have something more to celebrate at the end.
Robin Frijns gave Audi Sport a 1-2 finish as he came home in second place and speaking following the race he said:
In the first stint, I had some minor issues and couldn’t quite find a way past Loïc Duval, even though I was faster. In the second stint, I quickly closed up to René and overtook him. Then I was able to quickly close the gap to Jamie. My overtaking manoeuvre was a bit too early because I believed that it would be my only attempt. However, it turned out not to be the final lap, but the penultimate one. At the end of the day, it was great fun in spite of the stress. This time, Jamie came out on top, but next time, I hope it’ll be me.
Audi had a podium sweep with Rene Rast winning the championship with one race remaining this season and speaking following the race he said:
Of course, I’m mega happy. Until the very end, I didn’t know whether it was enough because I didn’t know in which position Nico Müller had finished. It’s a bit like my first title win – it came unexpectedly. Nevertheless, it was on the cards here. We’ve had a great season, we were competitive throughout. Now, we can enjoy the finale at Hockenheim with great racing together with SUPER GT.
The final race of the 2019 DTM season takes place from October 4-6 at Hockenheim in Germany and will have the added excitement of the SUPER GT championship joining their grid and speaking following the weekend’s action at the Nurburgring ITR Chairman Gerherd Berger commented on the race saying:
First of all, congratulations to Audi and René Rast on winning the title. They have been the benchmark throughout. René Rast is a very special driver: he works hard and leaves nothing to chance. Under pressure; in the rain; in sunshine; he always delivers. Now, we’re looking forward to the season finale at Hockenheim. With the drivers’ title now sealed, we can concentrate on the first joint-race of SUPER GT and DTM there. Six manufacturers, Japan taking on Europe, that’s going to be a spectacular show