Red Bull Ring DTM: Rast takes record fourth straight win
Rene Rast became the first driver to win four consecutive DTM races in the modern era of the championship, as he doubled up in the penultimate round of the season at the Red Bull Ring.
Rast started only eighth on the grid but had a superb start to leave the Remus curve already in fourth behind pole-sitter Gary Paffett, Nico Muller and Paul di Resta.
Muller took the lead on the exit of Remus on lap three which was then followed by Paffett attacking Muller but unable to make a move.
The order of the top four otherwise remained unchanged until Rast pitted on lap 17.
Di Resta followed suit a lap later but had to surrender third to Rast, who then also passed Paffett next time around after a poor stop for the Briton.
Rast then moved ahead of Muller soon afterwards and cruised to the finish, winning his fourth race in a row and closing the gap to the championship lead to 30 points ahead of the Hockenheim finale.
Muller took second as Paffett and di Resta battled for third, with the Scotsman managing to make a move shortly after their pitstops.
But Paffett was able to fight back this time around at Schlossgold and secured third, 2.2s ahead of di Resta, whose points lead is now down to just four.
Joel Eriksson and Pascal Wehrlein were fifth and sixth after the start and they kept their positions until the finish.
Timo Glock was investigated but escaped a penalty for forcing Edoardo Mortara off track to take seventh ahead of Mike Rockenfeller.
Mortara lost two places in his brief off-track excursion and then fell behind Philipp Eng on the last lap to finish 10th.
Daniel Juncadella was attacking Glock for seventh in the dying stages but went off at Remus, eventually settling for 11th.
Mercedes wildcard Sebastien Ogier had to make an additional pitstop to clean his windscreen and was 17th, a lap down.
After mechanical issues in qualifying, Lucas Auer also had to retire in the pits in the race as well, as Augusto Farfus stopped on track.
|1||René Rast||Audi RS5 DTM||57'45.704|
|2||Nico Müller||Audi RS5 DTM||0.421|
|3||Gary Paffett||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||4.700|
|4||Paul di Resta||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||6.963|
|5||Joel Eriksson||BMW M4 DTM||10.889|
|6||Pascal Wehrlein||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||14.709|
|7||Timo Glock||BMW M4 DTM||15.692|
|8||Mike Rockenfeller||Audi RS5 DTM||20.193|
|9||Philipp Eng||BMW M4 DTM||24.830|
|10||Edoardo Mortara||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||25.685|
|11||Daniel Juncadella||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||26.314|
|12||Jamie Green||Audi RS5 DTM||26.647|
|13||Robin Frijns||Audi RS5 DTM||36.841|
|14||Marco Wittmann||BMW M4 DTM||37.659|
|15||Bruno Spengler||BMW M4 DTM||38.013|
|16||Loic Duval||Audi RS5 DTM||38.336|
|17||Sébastien Ogier||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||1 Lap|
|18||Lucas Auer||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||13 Laps|
|19||Augusto Farfus||BMW M4 DTM||25 Laps|
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