The Audi RS 5 DTM is the car to beat in the DTM in 2020 as well. At the season opener at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) on August 1 and 2, 2020, Audi took the top five places in the second Sunday race as she had done the day before. Defending champion René Rast narrowly won a thrilling duel with Saturday winner Nico Müller. Sunday's podium was completed by Robin Frijns. It was Audi's ninth consecutive DTM victory.
"It was an incredible start to the season with two fantastic results for Audi", said Dieter Gass, director of Audi Motorsport, after the latest Four Rings triumph. “I have the feeling that we were even stronger today than yesterday. It's great that we can continue where we left off last year. Spa is a very special circuit where good tire management is important. But you also need the engine power in Spa. We clearly saw these two days that we had the best engine. "
After a disappointing first race on Saturday, defending champion René Rast made an impressive comeback on Sunday. Audi Sport Team driver Rosberg secured his 14th pole position with a new track record, turning pole position into his 18th DTM victory. The German also recorded the fastest lap.
"It was a very good race, much better than yesterday when I was fighting with the tires", said the two-time DTM champion. “We improved some things about the car, but I also worked on my driving. We received our award for that today. It was a cool fight with Nico and Robin – fair and good. Just the way it should be. Racing with DRS and Push-to-Pass in the DTM is awesome. "
Rast took the lead immediately after the start but lost it to Müller in the fourth round. Midway through the race, Rast also had to defend against Müller's teammate Robin Frijns, who ultimately lost a lot of time on the pit stop, turning the three-man fight up front into a duel. Rast closed the gap to Müller with the help of DRS and Push-to-Pass, eventually overtaking Müller with six laps to go.
An attempt by the Swiss rider to counterattack again on the last lap failed as his DRS closed after a small slip at the "Eau Rouge" exit and could not be reopened. "Overall the weekend was great", said Müller. “I'm leading the championship. But I've never been so unhappy with a second place finish. We should have won today too. I felt like everything was under control. "
Robin Frijns, Müller's teammate in Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, completed the podium with third place. The Dutchman also managed the tires much better on Sunday than the day before. “Unfortunately, I got off to a bad start. And my strategy of going particularly long with the first set of tires did not pay off, as my gap after the pit stop was just too big. "
Rast's teammate – Jamie Green – worked his way from eighth place on the grid to fourth. Mike Rockenfeller and Loïc Duval of Audi Sport Team Phoenix were fifth and seventh. Duval regained six positions in the race after canceling his fastest qualifying time.
The WRT Team Audi Sport customer team has written a piece of DTM history: Fabio Scherer was the first driver to break the 300 km / h mark in a Class 1 race car in Sunday's race.
After the first two of the 18 scheduled races, Audi led the constructors' championship with 152 points clearly ahead of BMW (34 points).
The DTM continues on August 22/23 with a total of four races at the Lausitzring in Germany.