Rast leads Audi 1-2-3 at Spielberg

Rene Rast leads
Rene Rast leads

Rene Rast has won the DTM race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on Sunday. In a dramatic final stage, the German crossed the finish line after 39 laps ahead of his fellow Audi drivers Mike Rockenfeller and Nico Muller. For Rast, this is the third win in his 19th DTM race. On Saturday, the brand from Ingolstadt had already scored a clean sweep of the top three. The tragic hero in an entertaining race was Jamie Green. In the lead with two laps remaining, the Brit dropped back to 14th place due to gearbox problems. In the DTM drivers’ standings, Mattias Ekstrom remains in the lead prior to the grand finale at Hockenheim. The Audi driver finished fifth behind Mercedes-AMG’s Gary Paffett. Marco Wittmann took the checkered flag in sixth with his BMW M4 DTM.

Jamie Green had to bite the bullet: having started from pole position, the Brit showed a commanding performance in the race and led the 16th race of the season until lap 38. With the 25 points for victory, Green would have considerably reduced the gap to Ekstrom in the DTM drivers’ standings. However, a gearbox problem on his Audi RS 5 DTM prevented the win. “That really was too bad. Today simply wasn’t my day," he commented after the race. His fellow Audi driver Rast inherited first place with which he moves up to second in the championship standings. “We controlled the race, but the safety car mixed up everything. The battle for the title is now more open than ever, many things can still happen. At Hockenheim, we will know more," Rast said.

The safety car intervention was called following a collision between Auer and Spengler, after which the Austrian was unable to drive his car out of the grass quickly enough. After his eighth place on Sunday, the Austrian now remained without any points in his home race. At the restart on lap 31, the front runners held on to their positions, the major loser of the Indycar start was Marco Wittmann. The German dropped back from fourth to seventh. Eventually, Wittmann finished sixth. Gary Paffett on the other hand benefited. The Brit was seventh before the restart and took the checkered flag in fourth.

Prior to the final two races of the season at the Hockenheimring Baden-Wurttemberg, the situation in the championship remains thrilling: with 56 points still at stake, six drivers still have mathematical chances of winning the title, first and foremost points’ leader Ekstrom. The Swede has 172 points to his tally and thus is 21 points ahead of Rast (151). Green (137), Rockenfeller, Wittmann (both 134) and Auer (131) also still have chances to clinch the DTM crown. The 17th and 18th race of the season at Hockenheim (13-15 October, 2017) will bring the decision in the battle for the title.

Results of race 2:

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Behind
1 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 39 57m21.893s
2 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 39 1.025s
3 Nico Muller Abt Audi 39 1.824s
4 Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 39 3.741s
5 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 39 6.136s
6 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 39 7.968s
7 Timo Glock RMR BMW 39 8.181s
8 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 39 8.457s
9 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 39 9.328s
10 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 39 11.305s
11 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 39 12.126s
12 Augusto Farfus RMG BMW 39 12.696s
13 Tom Blomqvist RMR BMW 39 14.745s
14 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 39 16.754s
15 Maro Engel HWA Mercedes 39 27.255s
16 Bruno Spengler RBM BMW 39 28.571s
17 Edoardo Mortara HWA Mercedes 32 7 Laps
Lucas Auer HWA Mercedes 28 Retirement

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