DTM Thriller at Spielberg: Audi Celebrates Unexpected One-Two-Three Result

source: Audi Sport

  • René Rast clinches third consecutive victory in front of Mike Rockenfeller and Nico Müller
  • Championship remains undecided three races before season ends
  • Drivers from all three Audi Sport teams on podium
Audi kept its promise of continuing to keep up suspense in the DTM title race on claiming a one-two-three result in Saturday’s spectacular race on the Red Bull Ring: By clinching his third consecutive victory Audi driver René Rast from Audi Sport Team Rosberg made up further ground on the two leading Mercedes-Benz drivers Paul Di Resta and Gary Paffett. Mike Rockenfeller (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) and Nico Müller (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) completed Audi’s first one-two-three triumph this year.

Rast’s teammate, Jamie Green, scored his best result of the season to date: The Briton advanced from 15th on the grid to position five. Robin Frijns in eleventh place just barely missed scoring a point even though he had been hit by a rival as early as on the starting lap and dropped to last place. Loïc Duval was not able to avoid his spinning brand colleague and was forced to retire as a result of the collision.

“That was an incredible race with an incredible outcome for us,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “After qualifying, we hadn’t expected a one-two-three result, nor finishing with four cars in the top five. Today, simply everything played into our hands and we didn’t mind accepting the gifts from our competitors. We made no mistakes, whereas others did. That put us in the position to win the race. Obviously, that’s fantastic for us. Now we’re looking forward to tomorrow.”

René Rast will enter the second race on Sunday (starting at 1 PM live on SAT.1) with a deficit of 42 points to front runner Paul Di Resta and 33 points to Gary Paffett. Rast will be able to keep the title race open up until the finale at Hockenheim on October 13/14 if he doesn’t trail them by more than 56 points on Sunday night. Suspense in the DTM continues.