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DATE News (chronologically)
06/18/17
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Maiden DTM victory for Rene Rast
Rene Rast
Rene Rast

Boundless joy for Rene Rast: in the sixth DTM race of the season at the Hungaroring, the Audi driver secured his maiden victory in the popular touring car series. “Mega! This is incredible, I can’t believe it,” Rast shouted on the team radio after crossing the finish line. 30-year-old Rast won the race in Hungary after 35 laps from his fellow Audi driver Mattias Ekstrom, who had led the race for a long time. Third place in the race on Sunday went to Maxime Martin with his BMW M4 DTM, who had started the race from the back of the grid. Classified sixth, Paul Di Resta was the best-placed Mercedes driver in today’s race.

Rast only started his decisive manoeurve with four laps remaining as he worked his way past Ekstrom for the lead in a cool manner. Previously, the Audi driver had already secured his second pole position in qualifying for the race on Sunday. In total, it took Rast only nine races to score his maiden DTM race win. “I have been working to achieve this forever,” an overjoyed Rast was delighted. “Mattias had a different strategy, but he was fair in defending his position. It is too early to think about the title yet, but the points’ lead is quite something special indeed. I wouldn’t even have dared to dream about this prior to the season.”

Ekstrom, who had to admit defeat with victory up for grabs, accepted his second place in a sporting manner. “With my early stop, I had a huge chance to win. However, I had to battle with blunt weapons towards the end. Rene waited for his chance and then simply went past. This is anything but perfect, but the result is okay.”

Having retired early from the race on Saturday and also being dropped three places on the grid due to a collision, Belgian driver Martin showed a spirited recovery. Qualifying for the race on Sunday wasn’t perfect either, so that he ended up at the back of the grid. The Belgian remained unaffected and already came into the pits for his tire change on the opening lap. “That was a great comeback,” he said after the race. “I was flat-out from the very beginning, but I didn’t expect to end up on the podium. Eventually, it was a good response to my result from yesterday.”

In the DTM drivers’ standings, race winner Rast is taking the lead with 70 points after six of this season’s 18 races. Lucas Auer, who didn’t score point in Hungary, is second, one point down. With Jamie Green (65 points) and Mattias Ekstrom (62 points), two further Audi drivers are in third and fourth place.

Nuremberg is the next stop on the DTM calendar: from 30 June till 2 July, 2017, the unique street circuit will serve as the venue for the seventh and eighth race of the season.

Results

POSDRIVERTEAMCARGAP
1Rene RastRosbergAudi0.000s
2Mattias EkstromAbtAudi1.041s
3Maxime MartinRBMBMW1.506s
4Nico MullerAbtAudi1.861s
5Jamie GreenRosbergAudi5.772s
6Paul Di RestaHWAMercedes7.884s
7Timo GlockRMRBMW8.694s
8Robert WickensHWAMercedes11.999s
9Gary PaffettHWAMercedes12.653s
10Mike RockenfellerPhoenixAudi13.159s
11Edoardo MortaraHWAMercedes13.630s
12Augusto FarfusRMGBMW15.087s
13Tom BlomqvistRMRBMW16.289s
14Bruno SpenglerRBMBMW17.583s
15Maro EngelHWAMercedes19.828s
16Loic DuvalPhoenixAudi38.535s
17Marco WittmannRMGBMW2 Laps
-Lucas AuerHWAMercedesRetirement
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