Audi Sport Team Rosberg DTM champion René Rast celebrated his second consecutive victory at the Lausitzring with his RS 5 DTM. Nico Müller and Robin Frijns of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline completed the podium for Audi.
Change in weather conditions at the Lausitzring: After last weekend's hot races and extremely high temperatures on Friday, it started to rain on Saturday shortly before qualifying. Championship leader Nico Müller took his first pole position of the season on a wet track ahead of René Rast, Robin Frijns and Mike Rockenfeller (Audi Sport Team Phoenix).
Müller held a considerable lead in the early stages of the race on wet tires, but lost his lead after installing slicks on his Audi RS 5 DTM too late. Falling back to fifth place, the leader of the standings was able to make his way to second place.
René Rast’s race was the opposite. "My start was really bad and I went through the gravel trap at one point," said the defending champion. “It was crucial to stop at the right time and then take a risk. I was able to pass Philipp (Eng), Marco (Wittmann) and finally Robin (Frijns) with good shots. I used push-to-pass and DRS at the right times. In the end, I was able to defend my lead over Nico. "
Müller set the fastest time in both free practice sessions on Friday and also set the fastest time in the race. "We had the fastest car so far in all conditions, but we couldn't win", said the Swiss. “No one is really to blame for this. We just got to the pits a lap or two too late – also because I slightly misjudged the situation in the car. On the plus side: I was able to control the race in the rain at the start and was also quick on slicks. And we still scored a lot of points. "
Robin Frijns completed the podium by coming third. The Dutchman was leading the race after switching to slicks and engaging in a tough duel with eventual winner René Rast. “I had a good pace after the pit stop. But I didn't expect the tire to wear as much as it did the last six laps in these wet conditions ", said Frijns.
With Mike Rockenfeller, Loïc Duval and Jamie Green in sixth, seventh and tenth, the six production Audi RS 5 DTMs scored points on Saturday.
"This is another fantastic result for Audi, although there was room for improvement in racing strategy"said Dieter Gass, head of Audi Motorsport, after Audi’s twelfth consecutive DTM victory. “It was a podium for Audi. We have seen great motorsport with an exciting race and good fights. "
The return of dry weather conditions is expected for the last of four races at the Lausitzring on Sunday.