First a fire, then fireworks: DTM title race open again after Rast’s fourth win

First a fire, then fireworks: DTM title race open again after Rast’s fourth win

11.10.2020: • Audi driver René Rast moves up to second in the standings, only ten points down on Müller • Points’ leader Müller disappointed with a ninth-place finish, Frijns crashes in pit lane and retires • 75th pole position for BMW: Glock and van der Linde

•    Audi driver René Rast moves up to second in the standings, only ten points down on Müller

•    Points’ leader Müller disappointed with a ninth-place finish, Frijns crashes in pit lane and retires

•    75th pole position for BMW: Glock and van der Linde lockout front grid row, podium finish for Auer in the race




Fire in his car prior to the start, fireworks in the race: René Rast is making the DTM exciting. After his second win at Zolder, the Audi driver has moved up to second in the drivers’ standings. With two race weekends remaining, the two-time DTM champion is only ten points down on his Swiss fellow Audi driver Nico Müller, who has been leading the drivers’ standings since winning the season opener at Spa-Francorchamps at the beginning of August.


On Sunday, Müller had to make do with merely two points. For Robin Frijns, things were even worse: the Dutchman crashed into the barriers on cold tyres while exiting the pit lane and he had to park his Audi a few meters further up the road. His non-score made Frijns drop to third in the standings.



Behind Mike Rockenfeller (GER, Audi) in second place, BMW driver Lucas Auer (AUT) completed the podium in third. In qualifying, ex-Formula 1 driver Timo Glock (GER) had claimed pole position, the first of the season for BMW, and the 75th DTM pole position for the brand in its DTM history.
 


A bang at the start: pole sitter Glock in the gravel bed of the first corner


On the starting grid, things were already heating up: Rene Rast’s Audi RS 5 DTM had smoke coming out of it and tiny flames could be seen under the bonnet. All of a sudden, his participation was in doubt, but the mechanics of the Audi Sport Team Rosberg got the #33 Audi ready again in time for the race.




Then, there was even more hot action. With a rocket start, Rast squeezed his way through in between the two BMWs with Glock and Sheldon van der Linde (RSA) and charged into the lead. Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT, Audi) also overtook both BMWs, but Glock hit the rear of his car and both landed in the gravel bed. Instead of leading the race, Glock was last in the field behind Habsburg. Initially, Rockenfeller, Frijns and Müller benefited from this contact, with Rast and Rockenfeller pulling a slight gap from the rest of the field.



Pit lane exit fatal for Robin Frijns
 



Having started eighth on the grid, Robin Frijns headed into the pit lane on lap ten to have fresh tyres mounted during his mandatory pit stop. DTM regulations stipulate that pre-heating these tyres is forbidden. Local hero Frijns underestimated the grip of the cold tyres and slid into the Armco barriers in the left-hand bend of the long pit lane exit. With damaged right front suspension, the frustrated 29-year-old had no other option but to park his Audi, which led to a safety car intervention.



As racing resumed with an Indianapolis-style double-file restart, the field was pretty much mixed up as around half of the drivers had already made their mandatory stops while the others still had to pit. Thus, Marco Wittmann initially led. The BMW driver had made his stop during the safety car intervention and therefore, it didn’t count as a mandatory stop. As a result, he had to come in once more. All drivers having completed their mandatory stops, Rast was leading once more from Rockenfeller, while Müller found himself down in ninth place and, in spite of spirited attacks, was unable to find a way past eighth-placed Wittmann until the finish.



Successful weekend for Belgian WRT Team Audi Sport


Behind the BMW duo of Lucas Auer and Timo Glock in third and fourth place, Belgian Audi customer team WRT shone.  Fabio Scherer (SUI), Harrison Newey (GBR) and Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT) ended up in fifth, sixth and seventh place with the three WRT-Audis. Scherer scored his first-ever DTM drivers’ points. Newey had already shone on Saturday with the fifth place as Habsburg repeated his seventh-place finish from the previous day.




Audi Sport Team ABT Sportsline wraps up teams’ title


Notwithstanding Frijns’s retirement and Müller only finishing ninth, Audi Sport Team ABT Sportsline already sealed the title in the DTM teams’ standings. The team from Kempten in Germany is leading from Audi Sport Team Rosberg and is now beyond reach.



 The battle for the drivers’ title, meanwhile, is more exciting than ever: the points’ gap between the ‘big three’ Müller, Frijns and Rast was 47 points prior to this weekend, but now, Müller has 259 points, Rast 249, and Frijns 243. As a result, the Audi trio is separated by only 16 points and will decide the battle for the title between them. It is getting closer upfront.


75th pole position for BMW




BMW had a weekend with ups and downs. In qualifying, Timo Glock ended up just ahead of his fellow BMW driver Sheldon van der Linde, claiming the 75th pole position for BMW in DTM history. Moreover, it was BMW’s first pole position of the current season and the sixth for Glock in his DTM career. That ended Audi’s dominance after 20 consecutive pole positions. The race, however, didn’t result into BMW’s long-awaited victory. At least it was Auer who secured his twelfth DTM podium finish and the 306 podium result for BMW.
 


The remaining four races at Zolder (16–18 October) and at Hockenheimring (6–8 November) promise a thrilling battle for the 2020 DTM title..




» Quotes – race 2, Zolder 1



„Zolder is a track the way drivers like it: there are spectacular corners and the run-off areas are small, a real challenge. Normally, the fans are really close here, too, which, sadly, was impossible this weekend. Overtaking is rather difficult at Zolder, so the races weren’t quite as spectacular as it often is the case in the DTM. However, the situation in the championship is as exciting as can be:



René Rast has caught up really well, a great situation for the remaining four racers. Especially at the race starts, he shown with his good response times, which was the key to success. The performance by BMW was pleasant to see, too: the clean sweep of the front grid row today and the podium finish in the race. I am looking forward to the remaining racers.“


Gerhard Berger, chairman, ITR e.V.



“A crazy race. First, we had flames coming out of the engine bay, which our mechanics solved quickly. At the start, I moved up from third to first, which was decisive for me. I could see in my rear view mirror that Timo almost hit me as he slid off. Later, I was lucky to be in the pit lane during the safety car intervention.


After the restart, I had contact with Marco Wittmann, Lucas Auer and Robert Kubica, but all in all, it was a super day with side effects and a perfect result. It was so unlikely that we almost scored maximum points as the opposition falters. We have two more races at Zolder ahead of us. The track seems to suit my driving style and my car. But this weekend, we have also seen that things can change really quickly here at Zolder, so we have to remain focussed and concentrated and try to make maximum use of our potential.”


René Rast (GER), Audi RS 5 DTM, winner





“The start was decisive as I was in second place after the incident in turn 1. I knew that we could and had to make up some positions this weekend. I didn’t expect to be behind René that quickly. That was the key. After that, I hoped that I had something in store for him, but I didn’t.


He is simply too fast for me. I was able to stay ahead of Robin for a while and then it was rather boring. I only had to look after my tyres. In the pit lane, it went well, too. We haven’t won anything here, but we haven’t lost anything either. The restart was exciting, I was in the middle of the pack, had new tyres and it was a bit chaotic. We just tried to make it through without problems and that worked. I am happy today, but all in all, I am not happy with my season.”

Mike Rockenfeller (GER), Audi RS 5 DTM, 2nd place




“I had a good start and I think I had already made up three places from twelfth after the first corner. That was important. After that, things settled down pretty quickly. Robin and I were in for the decisive pit stop at the same time. That was perfect. We kept cool and brought it home, although the tyres were completely gone. I am happy with my team, we are all pushing 24/7. We had some cool races and some difficult ones.


I have learned a lot at Zolder, it was my first time here. There are some corners where I still can find some time, but we can find something in the set-up, too. We will analyse that in detail and then will be back even stronger. The competition never sleeps, but neither do we.”


Lucas Auer (AUT), BMW M4 DTM, 3rd place





» Results – race 2, Zolder 1



01. René Rast (GER), Audi RS 5 DTM, 41 laps in 59m 46.849s
02. Mike Rockenfeller (GER), Audi RS 5 DTM, + 5.433s
03. Lucas Auer (AUT), BMW M4 DTM, + 22.272s
04. Timo Glock (GER), BMW M4 DTM, + 31.603s
05. Fabio Scherer (SUI), Audi RS 5 DTM, + 32.018s
06. Harrison Newey (GBR), Audi RS 5 DTM, + 33.787s
07. Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT), Audi RS 5 DTM, + 34.304s
08. Marco Wittmann (GER), BMW M4 DTM, + 40.627s
09. Nico Müller (SUI), Audi RS 5 DTM, + 41.182s
10. Sheldon van der Linde (RSA), BMW M4 DTM, + 54.280s  

Fastest lap: Marco Wittmann (GER), BMW M4 DTM, 1m 20.263m
Pole position: Timo Glock (GER), BMW M4 DTM, 1m 28.960s
Weather conditions: 14°C, partly cloudy
Track conditions: 21°C, dry surface





» Wow fact – race 2, Zolder 1




    
55.000


A total of 55,000 square metres of new asphalt with a minimum thickness of three centimetres was applied on the 4.011 kilometres long Zolder circuit. The new layer was part of a comprehensive renovation project in which 700 metres of new drainage, a natural water infiltration with a total capacity of 60,000 litres and new safety cameras were installed as well.





» And then, there was …


... Gerhard Berger at Zolder. The current chairman of the DTM organisation ITR e.V. participated in the opening round of the 1985 DTM season, the traditional ‘Bergischer Löwe’ event, at Circuit Zolder in Belgium on 24 March 1985. He raced a BMW 635 CSi run by the Schnitzer team. In the 24-lap race, the Austrian finished eighth in the 33-strong field..



 

ITR GmbH-photos DTM

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/fire-fireworks-dtm-title-open-rast-fourth-win---214150.html

11.10.2020 / MaP

More News

DTM Zolder race 2 classification - victory for René Rast
11.10.2020
DTMZOLDERSunday, October 11th 202001    Rast René    Germany    René RastAudi Sport Team Rosberg            56:57.127     more >>
DTM Zolder qualifying 2 - Pole position for Timo Glock
11.10.2020
DTMZOLDERSunday, October 11th 202001    Glock Timo    Germany    Timo GlockBMW Team RMG            1:28.960    02    Van d more >>
The 2020 DTM champion is driving an Audi: Triumphant trio of Rast, Frijns and Müller on the podium again
10.10.2020
•    Rast wins with a huge margin, reduces points gap to Frijns and Müller •    The 2020 DTM champion will be an Audi driver •    Second on the grid, Glock ends up fourth as best BMW driver  more >>
DTM Zolder Rene Rast takes victory in race 1 - result
10.10.2020
DTMZOLDERSaturday, October 10th 2020With a time of 1m 29.333s, Glock was in first place for quite a long time during the final part of the session and seemed on his way towards his first pole position since the 2018 season opener at Hockenheim a more >>
Rene Rast on pole after DTM Zolder qualifying 1
10.10.2020
DTMZOLDERSaturday, October 10th 202001    Rast René    Germany    René RastAudi Sport Team Rosberg            1:28.987  &n more >>
Reduced presence of teams and organisation at Zolder – SAT.1 will be broadcasting from the studio
08.10.2020
The DTM’s comprehensive infection protection concept that made it possible to get the season underway in the first place, has been made considerably more stringent for Zolder due to the current situation. Teams and organisation, media and TV: in all areas, the on-site staff has been reduced to a minimum and potential contact has been limited further. more >>
The Schedule DTM Zolder 1 - without spectators
08.10.2020
Friday, 09 October 2020    13:00–13:45 DTM – Free Practice 1  16:30–17:00 DTM – Free Practice 2 Saturday, 10 October 2020 10:40–11:00 Uhr DTM &n more >>
Three-way battle for DTM title heating up: third double-header at Zolder
08.10.2020
•    Seventh season round from 9-11 October:  Müller, Frijns and Rast fighting for DTM title•    DTM’s birthplace: at Zolder, Harald Grohs won the inaugural DTM race on 11 March 1984•    DTM event like no other: increased protection against infections and no spectators more >>
Müller, Frijns or Rast? Audi drivers fight for the drivers’ title in the DTM
05.10.2020
Races in Zolder, Belgium can already bring the decision        Home advantage for Nico Müller’s teammate Robin Frijns        René Rast victorious last year at Zolder Final more >>
Double-header in Belgium: DTM to race in front of spectators at Zolder as well
30.09.2020
•    Hot October action: seventh round from 9-11 October, eighth round from 16-18 October•    DTM heads onto home straight: a three-way title battle between Müller, Frijns and Rast•    Strictly limited: only few one-day tickets available from DTM Ticket Shop and DTM Ticket Hotline more >>
Thrilling action worldwide: DTM increases international TV reach by 25 percent
29.09.2020
•    International: DTM broadcasts live in over 30 countries•    National: with TV partner SAT.1 into the DTM’s next era from the 2021 seasonLive broadcasts in over 30 countries worldwide, an increa more >>
A strong comeback: Nico Müller unwaveringly on title course after Nürburgring win
20.09.2020
•    Nico Müller with a dominant win at Nürburgring sprint circuit•    Audi beyond reach in the lead of the manufacturers’ standings•    Sheldon van der Linde best-placed BMW driver in fourth more >>
DTM Nürburgring race 2 classification - Nico Müller did it again
20.09.2020
DTM Nürburgring SprintSunday, September 20th 20201    Nico Müller    LAP 41         1:23.166    42.689    20.535    19.942&n more >>
DTM Nürburgring Sprint qualifying 2 classification - Robin Frijns again on pole
20.09.2020
DTM Nürburgring SprintSunday, September 20th 20201    Robin Frijns            1:19.117    12    IN PIT more >>
Nerve-wrecking: Robin Frijns wins DTM thriller at the Nürburgring
19.09.2020
•    Turbulent race with three safety car interventions•    Frijns with a rocket start, drama for Nico Müller•    Five Audis and five BMWs in the top tenSpectators during the sixt more >>
DTM: Future of the platform secured
19.09.2020
•    Traditional race series will be continued•    New technical regulations for 2021 season•    Audi and BMW support Gerhard Berger in repositioningThe lights turned to green: Audi and BMW are supporting Gerhard Berger in his plans to reposition the DTM. After constructi more >>
DTM Nürburgring Sprint race 1 classification - Victory for Robin Frijns
19.09.2020
DTM Nürburgring SprintSaturday, September 19th 2020 01    Frijns Robin    Netherlands    Robin FrijnsAudi Sport Team Abt Sportsline  &n more >>
DTM Nürburgring Sprint qualifying 1 classification - Rene Rast on pole
19.09.2020
DTM Nürburgring SprintSaturday, September 19th 202001    Rast René    Deutschland    René RastAudi Sport Team Rosberg            1:19.472& more >>
Suspense at the Nürburgring: DTM with sprint circuit, reduced points‘ gap and spectators
17.09.2020
•    Again with spectators: sixth season round from 18-20 September•    After Frijns’s second win: three-way battle for the title heats up•    Compact motorsport action: DTM at the 3.6 kilometres long sprint circuit more >>
Spectators to be admitted for second DTM spectacular at Nürburgring as well
14.09.2020
DTM at the Nürburgring: in front of spectators again•    Once again: grandstand tickets only available in limited quantity•    As of now: one-day tickets at 49 Euros from the DTM Ticket Shop and the DTM more >>
Five-fold success for Audi in the DTM: Frijns wins amid Müller drama
13.09.2020
  Castrol EDGE Audi RS 5 DTM #51 (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline), Nico Müller, Aral Ultimate Audi RS 5 DTM #4 (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline), Robin Frijns, Audi Sport RS 5 DTM #33 (Audi Sport Team Rosberg), René Rast    Dutchman c more >>
Second stroke in a week: another DTM race win for Robin Frijns
13.09.2020
•    Dutchman Robin Frijns reduces gap to points’ leader Nico Müller•    All three Audi works teams on the podium: Abt, Rosberg and Phoenix•    Assen winner Sheldon van der Linde best BMW driver in sixth more >>
Four BMW DTM works drivers finish Sunday’s race at the Nürburgring in the top ten.
13.09.2020
In the tenth race of the DTM season, four BMW DTM works drivers made it into the top ten on the Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit (GER). However, they were unable to build on Saturday’s performance, when Marco Wittmann (GER, Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM) reached the podium. more >>
DTM Nürburgring race 2 classification - Victory for Robin Frijns
13.09.2020
DTM NURBURGRINGSunday, September 13th 2020   photo caption : Marshall at Nürburgring   1    Robin Frijns    LAP 31  &nbs more >>
Nürburgring DTM qualifying 2 - Nico Müller on pole ahead of Frijns and Rast
13.09.2020
DTM qualifying 2NürburgringSunday, September 13th 2020   1        Nico Müller            1:46.958    9    IN PIT more >>
Audi driver Nico Müller leads at halfway mark of DTM season after commanding win at the Nürburgring
12.09.2020
   Halftime in the DTM: Audi with a clear lead in all three championships        All three Audi Sport teams at the top of the teams’ standings        339 points ahead in the manufacturers’ championship       more >>
Marco Wittmann claims podium finish for BMW at the Nürburgring.
12.09.2020
Podium for Marco Wittmann (GER) on the fifth race weekend of the 2020 DTM season. Driving the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM for BMW Team RMG, the 30-year-old completed Saturday’s race at the Nürburgring (GER) in third position. Wittmann took advantage o more >>
Strong, stronger, Müller: dominant lights-to-flag DTM win at the Nürburgring
12.09.2020
•    Seventh DTM career win for the championship leader   •    Marco Wittmann best-placed BMW driver in third•    Entertaining duel: René Rast against Robin F more >>
Nürburgring DTM race 1 Nico Müller wins ahead of Rast and Wittmann
12.09.2020
DTM NURBURGRINGSaturday, September 12th 20201    Nico Müller    LAP 31         1:52.058    51.920    39.775    20.363    1 more >>
Nürburgring DTM qualifying 1 - René Rast takes pole for race 1
12.09.2020
DTM NURBURGRINGSaturday, September 12th 20201    René Rast            1:47.150    5    IN PIT more >>
Nürburgring DTM free practice 1 classificaton - Wittmann fastest ahead of Müller
11.09.2020
DTM  NUERBURGRINGSaturday, September 11th 202001    Wittmann Marco    Deutschland    Marco WittmannBMW Team RMG      more >>
DTM welcomes fans at the Nürburgring
08.09.2020
•    Only limited availability of tickets and for now only for the first of the two Nürburgring events•    As of now: one-day tickets at 49 Euros from the DTM Ticket Shop and the DTM Ticket Hotline•    Half-time in the DTM: fifth season round from 11-13 September•  & more >>
South African premiere: Sheldon van der Linde wins in the rain at Assen
06.09.2020
•    First DTM race win for a South African: BMW wins with Sheldon van der Linde•    Fans in the grandstand for the first time: spectators get to see turbulent rain race•    Third place behind Saturday race winner Robin Frijns: Nico Müller defends points’ lead more >>
DTM Assen race 2 classification -Sheldon Van der Linde takes victory
06.09.2020
DTM ASSENAssen CircuitSunday, September 6th 20201    Sheldon Van der Linde    LAP 31         1:38.399    38.302    38.357  &nb more >>
DTM qualifying 2 - René Rast takes pole for race 2 in Assen
06.09.2020
DTM ASSENAssen CircuitSunday, September 6th 20201    René Rast            1:22.976    8    IN PIT2    more >>
Huge cheers in Assen: Audi driver Frijns celebrates first DTM victory in front of home crowd
05.09.2020
Dutchman wins Saturday’s race at the TT Circuit in Assen        Dominant Audi RS 5 DTM: 14th pole position in a row and 1-2-3-4-5 success        Audi drivers let the fans at the racetrack cheer even before the start more >>
Jonathan Aberdein finishes in sixth for BMW at Assen
05.09.2020
 – Three BMW works drivers in the points. The BMW DTM drivers experienced a difficult sporting Saturday at Assen (NED) . At the opener of the fourth race weekend of the DTM season, Jonathan Aberdein (RSA) in the CATL BMW M4 DTM fin more >>
DTM Assen race 1 - Robin Frijns takes victory
05.09.2020
DTM ASSENAssen CircuitSaturday, September 5th 2020DTM race 11    Robin Frijns    LAP 36         1:29.119    34.829    34.701 &n more >>
DTM Assen Qualifying 1 classification - Loic Duval on pole
05.09.2020
DTM ASSENAssen CircuitSaturday, September 5th 2020     1    Loic Duval            1:23.341    9    IN PIT2    more >>

Kategorien

STROOSSEN ENGLEN ASBL www.stroossenenglen.lu

Jobs Around the World

2001-2020 automobilsport.com full copyright