Rast "screamed" when Zandvoort safety car came out

Reigning DTM champion Rene Rast says he was “screaming” after a mid-race safety car threatened Audi’s chances of a first win of the 2018 season at Zandvoort.

Rast "screamed" when Zandvoort safety car came out
Podium: Race winner René Rast, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, second place Gary Paffett, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA
René Rast, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Audi RS 5 DTM
Mike Rockenfeller, Audi Sport Team Phoenix, Audi RS 5 DTM, René Rast, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Audi RS 5 DTM
René Rast, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Audi RS 5 DTM
René Rast, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Audi RS 5 DTM
René Rast, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Audi RS 5 DTM

Rast jumped ahead of early race leader Gary Paffett with a clever strategic call to pit on first lap, but a shunt involving Jame Green and Bruno Spengler and the subsequent caution period brought the Mercedes driver back into contention for victory.

Paffett was on fresher tyres and closed the gap to as low as 0.4 seconds at one stage, but Rast just managed to fend off the 2005 champion to end Audi’s winless run.

“I was just screaming, ‘It cannot be real’. I was just like so upset,” reflected Rast.

“Actually, I went through Turn 1 and there was no car in the gravel. I was like, ‘what’s going on?' But obviously I had to manage the situation somehow, trying to focus on the race."

He added: “After the safety car restart, we had a good car, even though I was struggling a little bit with the tyre in the end.

"Very, very happy with my first victory of the year, just after so much bad luck in the last couple of weeks, two times I rolled and lots of accidents, lots of incidents. So I had to be back on the podium.”

Audi has struggled in comparison to DTM rivals Mercedes and BMW this season, but Rast believes the pace shown by the Ingolstadt brand in the Netherlands bodes well for the rest of the year.

“Obviously we looked competitive this weekend,” he said. "We were already stronger in Budapest which is a similar circuit, high-downforce circuit.

“Brands Hatch is obviously quick circuit, lot of high speed corners. Hopefully we can be competitive there again. But I think the tracks that are following now will hopefully suit us more.”

Additional reporting by Mark Bremer

shares
comments
Zandvoort DTM: Rast scores first Audi win of 2018

Previous article

Zandvoort DTM: Rast scores first Audi win of 2018

Next article

Aston Martin linked to DTM entry in 2020

Aston Martin linked to DTM entry in 2020
Load comments
How the DTM's shambolic finale poses awkward future questions Prime

How the DTM's shambolic finale poses awkward future questions

OPINION: The scenes at the Norisring as Mercedes used blatant team orders to secure the first DTM title of the new GT3 era totally undermined the credibility of the championship. But as well as overshadowing the season, it also presents uncomfortable questions to series bosses about the direction it is headed in.

DTM
Oct 12, 2021
How Audi's new DTM flagbearer is closing on his "childhood dream" Prime

How Audi's new DTM flagbearer is closing on his "childhood dream"

Having learned the ropes in GT3 alongside Rene Rast, Kelvin van der Linde is in line to take up the three-time champion's baton as Audi's new DTM king. From humble origins in South Africa, it's been a remarkable journey so far for the current series leader, but he knows that the 2021 title is a long way from settled just yet.

DTM
Sep 18, 2021
The number-crunching behind the new-look DTM's equalisation drive Prime

The number-crunching behind the new-look DTM's equalisation drive

Switching to GT3 regulations marked a fresh start for the DTM in 2021, but it has also drawn a line in the sand against other series using similar cars by engaging AVL Racing to develop a bespoke Balance of Performance system. Here’s how it works.

DTM
Jul 23, 2021
The initial verdict on DTM's move to GT3 cars Prime

The initial verdict on DTM's move to GT3 cars

OPINION: Facing collapse last year, the DTM has shifted its philosophy from a championship for silhouette-based touring cars to GT machines not too dissimilar to those racing across multiple series worldwide. But despite some initial BoP-based teething troubles, there were some pleasant findings as the 'new DTM' got underway at Monza

DTM
Jun 22, 2021
Why Albon has his work cut out in the new-look DTM Prime

Why Albon has his work cut out in the new-look DTM

The DTM moves into its bold new GT3 era with welcome support from Red Bull, which enters two AF Corse-run Ferraris. That includes one for ex-F1 driver Alex Albon, who’s determined to make a success of his GT switch

DTM
Jun 17, 2021
The slow-burner threatening to unseat Audi's DTM king Prime

The slow-burner threatening to unseat Audi's DTM king

It's taken him a while to emerge as a consistent title challenger, but in the final year of DTM's Class One ruleset, Nico Muller has smoothed the rough edges and has double champion stablemate Rene Rast working harder than ever to keep up in the title race.

DTM
Oct 14, 2020
Does 2000 hold the answers to the DTM's current crisis? Prime

Does 2000 hold the answers to the DTM's current crisis?

It's 20 years since the DTM roared back into life at a packed Hockenheim with a back-to-basics approach as the antidote to its high-tech past. Now it's on its knees again, so is it time to recall the lessons learned in 2000?

DTM
May 28, 2020
Ranking the 10 best Audi DTM drivers Prime

Ranking the 10 best Audi DTM drivers

Audi last week announced it would be exiting the DTM at the end of 2020, bringing the curtain down on 20 years of continuous participation since the series' reboot in 2000.

DTM
May 5, 2020