Hockenheim DTM: Rast defeats Muller to clinch third title

Rachit Thukral
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With a 16-point advantage heading into Sunday’s title decider, Rast only needed a top five result to clinch a third DTM crown in four years - irrespectively of where Muller finished in the race.

But the German driver dominated the proceedings on his way to a seventh victory of the season, eventually winning the championship from Muller by 23 points.

Polesitter Rast lost the lead at the start to fellow Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller, but was able to repass him at Turn 8 on lap 3 to snatch the top spot again.

Muller cleared Rast’s teammate Jamie Green off the line to move up to third, before finding a way past Rockenfeller to put himself right behind the race leader.

After failing to close the gap significantly enough to make a move, Muller made an early stop on lap 14, hoping to undercut Rast for a second time in two races.

The strategic gamble initially appeared to pay off as Muller got the jump on Rast, who waited for another three laps before diving into the pits.

But armed with fresher tyres, Rast closed in on Muller at a rate of nearly a second a lap, and breezed past the Abt driver at the flat-out parabolica section to take the lead of the race.

Once out in front, Rast managed to pull away from the chasing pack with relative ease, taking the chequered flag by 11.137s to secure his third title - cementing his position as Audi’s most successful DTM driver in the process.

While the battle for victory was settled midway through the race, Rockenfeller and Jamie Green continued to fight for the final spot on the podium until the dying minutes.

Having fended off an attack from Robin Frijns, Green started hauling in Rockenfeller and eventually pulled off a move around the outside of the hairpin to take third with three laps to run.

Former title contender Frijns settled for fifth behind Rockenfeller, with Loic Duval finishing sixth after a lengthy battle with the top BMW of Jonathan Aberdein.

The remaining points-scoring positions were also filled by BMW drivers, with the marque’s top scorer in 2020 Timo Glock classified eighth ahead of Assen Race 2 winner Sheldon van der Linde and Philipp Eng.

Formula 1 convert rounded off his maiden DTM season with a 15th place finish at Hockenheim, having finished in the points in Saturday’s race.

Race results:

1

33

Germany
Germany

René Rast

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

2

51

Switzerland
Switzerland

Nico Müller

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

10.199

3

53

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jamie Green

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

13.409

4

99

Germany
Germany

Mike Rockenfeller

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

16.648

5

4

Netherlands
Netherlands

Robin Frijns

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

17.887

6

28

France
France

Loic Duval

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

26.068

7

27

South Africa
South Africa

Jonathan Aberdein

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

32.673

8

16

Germany
Germany

Timo Glock

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

40.451

9

31

South Africa
South Africa

Sheldon Van Der Linde

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

40.974

10

25

Austria
Austria

Philipp Eng

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

43.244

11

11

Germany
Germany

Marco Wittmann

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

48.476

12

13

Switzerland
Switzerland

Fabio Scherer

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

53.027

13

10

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Harrison Newey

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

56.513

14

62

Austria
Austria

Ferdinand Habsburg

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

1'05.095

15

8

Poland
Poland

Robert Kubica

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

1'15.953

16

22

Austria
Austria

Lucas Auer

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

1 Lap

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