Lausitz DTM: Rast wins, Audi seals manufacturers' title

Rene Rast bounced back from a disastrous opening DTM Lausitzring race to win the finale, as his Audi teammate and title rival Nico Muller completed a recovery drive to second.

A dramatic start led to Rast immediately jumping to second as Muller bogged down off the line and fell to 10th, and front-row starter Jonathan Aberdein's sluggish getaway allowed the championship leader to sweep past. 

Rast followed polesitter Jamie Green in close pursuit until he dispatched his stablemate with ease on the run to the Turn 1 right-hander on the fourth lap of 34. 

While Rast then pulled clear and made his mandatory pitstop with ease to pull a decisive gap to the field for victory, Muller's work was cut out from the off. 

By the end of the Turns 2-5 complex on the opening lap, Muller had fallen to 10th as he struggled to recover from his bad getaway. 

He then lost significant time trying to pass BMW's Marco Wittmann.

But Muller then opted to pit early, which allowed him to pick off some of his rivals ahead when they pitted and returned to the track on cold tyres. 

With Audi again dominating proceedings, Muller's stablemates did not put up a significant fight and the Audi Abt driver recovered to second. 

It means Rast heads to the Nurburgring with a 20-point lead over Muller after extending his advantage by six points.

The final podium place went the way of Mike Rockenfeller, who was boosted by the sustained battle between Green and Robin Frijns, as well as the decision to make an early pitstop while Green ran long. 

Green would ultimately finish fourth, despite pressuring Rockenfeller relentlessly late on, ahead of Frijns as Audi swept the top five positions. 

Once again, Marco Wittmann was the best-placed BMW and took sixth place. 

WRT Audi driver Aberdein progressively slipped down the field to finish seventh ahead of Loic Duval and Pietro Fittipaldi. 

Philipp Eng was one of only two BMWs to finish in the top 10 and did so after recovering from the back of the field, impressively making up seven places on the opening lap. 

BMW's Sheldon van der Linde was 11th and Daniel Juncadella was the sole R-Motorsport Aston Martin driver to finish the race in 12th. 

Jake Dennis slowed on track early in the race and retired, while Ferdinand Habsburg called time on his race not long after making contact with Timo Glock at Turn 1, with the BMW driver also a late retirement. 

There was another BMW/Aston clash in which Bruno Spengler forced Paul di Resta onto the grass at the exit of the Turn 9 hairpin. 

Di Resta retired not long after and Spengler remains under investigation for forcing a driver off the track.

Audi's dominance at the Lausitzring means it has now sealed the 2019 manufacturers' title with four races spare, having entered the weekend knowing it needed to outscore BMW by at least 20 points across the event. 

Race results:

Cla # Driver Car Time
1 33 Germany René Rast
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM
2 51 Switzerland Nico Müller
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 5.1
3 99 Germany Mike Rockenfeller
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 8.9
4 53 United Kingdom Jamie Green
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 9.6
5 4 Netherlands Robin Frijns
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 11.3
6 11 Germany Marco Wittmann
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 12.9
7 27 South Africa Jonathan Aberdein
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 13.7
8 28 France Loic Duval
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 14.0
9 21 Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi
Audi RS 5 Turbo DTM 21.1
10 25 Austria Philipp Eng
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 23.1
11 31 South Africa Sheldon Van Der Linde
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 23.5
12 23 Spain Daniel Juncadella
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 24.0
13 47 Sweden Joel Eriksson
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 43.3
14 7 Canada Bruno Spengler
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 54.6
15 16 Germany Timo Glock
BMW M4 Turbo DTM 9 laps
16 3 United Kingdom Paul di Resta
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 14 laps
17 62 Austria Ferdinand Habsburg
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 26 laps
18 76 United Kingdom Jake Dennis
Aston Martin Vantage DTM 32 laps

 

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