Rene Rast put his race one troubles behind him as he stormed to victory for Audi in the second DTM race of the weekend at Hockenheim.
Starting 16th on the grid after a tight qualifying session in the morning, Rast set about blitzing the field as he used every inch of the track to pull himself up the order.
Benefitting from an early safety car to recover Loic Duval’s beached Audi RS5, Rast jumped into the pits for fresh rubber and used that tyre life advantage to brutal effect as he pulled himself into the top three with two great moves at the Parabolika in successive laps. First he went up the inside of Robin Frijns, and then went round the outside of BMW’s Bruno Spengler to move into third.
It wasn’t long before the German had passed both Nico Müller and Philipp Eng to take the lead of the race and he didn’t look back, building up a sufficient gap to pit again for a second set of tyres and still take the chequered flag with 11.9sec in hand over the rest of the field.
Taking the runner-up spot was Müller. A race-long battle with Eng was decided when both drivers made their mandatory stop on lap 19. Quicker work from the Audi team allowed Müller to come out marginally ahead of the BMW driver and into second.
Eng eventually finished off the podium, as he was the victim of a late charge from Robin Frijns. The Dutchman had a pace advantage in the closing laps of the race and made the decisive move at the hairpin, with Eng powerless to defend.
Such was his speed, Frijns was almost able to make it past Müller but ran out of laps to make the decisive move and finished just 0.2s behind.
Fifth went to Spengler, the Canadian unable to make a charge late on. Timo Glock finished sixth, only just holding on from Paul Di Resta in the fastest of the R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantages.