Audi Owns DTM

Audi stamped its authority all over the DTM championship this weekend. 

On Saturday, Audi had already secured both the manufacturer and team championships, leaving four of its drivers to compete for the driver’s crown on Sunday. 

Ultimately, the 2017 DTM title would go to thirty-year-old rookie René Rast, making him the first driver to win the championship in his first season since 1993. 

“My goal was to become the best rookie,” says René Rast. “I wanted to learn, regularly score points and always finish a race well. Before the season, who’d have thought that I’d instantly be battling for the title? That’s why, in the finale, I actually couldn’t lose anymore. I approached the weekend without pressure and now am overjoyed that it all worked out. My thanks go to Audi who gave me the opportunity to enter the DTM at the age of 30 and this fantastic car, to Team Rosberg in which I felt comfortable from day one and also to my teammate, Jamie Green. He’s one of the fastest drivers in the DTM and once again suffered incredible misfortune.”

Rast triumphed over his well-decorated teammate, Mattias Ekström, with a sixth-place finish on Saturday and second on Sunday. Rast overhauled a 21-point deficit to the Swede, converting it into a 3-point advantage by weekend’s end, which was aided by Ekström failing to crack the top six on Sunday. 

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