Audi’s Rene Rast completed a clean sweep at the Nurburgring, winning the second DTM race of the weekend from pole position. He became the first driver to score the maximum number of 56 points on one weekend.
“That is an unbelievable moment,” said Rast. “I really am lost for words.”
Mercedes-AMG driver Paul Di Resta finished second, having progressed from 11th on the grid. With his BMW, Marco Wittmann rounded out the podium.
“It is hard to find words to describe the weekend at the Nurburgring. It will be almost impossible to top this in the next races. I was on the second page of the drivers’ standings and now I am in third place,” Rast noted. “Now, we are looking ahead. Everything is possible and many things can happen. We have closed the gap.”
One of the drivers who had bad luck on Sunday was the leader in the drivers’ standings, Gary Paffett. His mandatory pit stop on Lap 19 took 11.1 seconds due to problems with the change of the right-rear wheel. Instead of second place behind Rast, he rejoined the race four places further down and ended up fifth behind Bruno Spengler (BMW).
DTM action continues in two weeks with the penultimate round of the year in Spielberg, Austria. With four races remaining, Paffett (206 points) is only two points ahead of Di Resta (204). Rast (149) is now third in the standings.