Zolder DTM: Rast takes dominant win, Kubica on the podium

Rachit Thukral
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At the start of the race, WRT Audi’s Ferdinand Habsburg led the field from fellow front row starter Rast, with Nico Muller getting the jump on both Robin Frijns and Fabio Scherer to move up to third position.

There was drama on lap 5 when BMW's Jonathan Aberdein rear-ended Scherer going into Turn 5, with the WRT driver then collecting an innocent Frijns who was running ahead of the two.

All three drivers retired from the race, with Frijns in particular suffering a big blow to his title hopes with what was his second DNF in as many rounds.

Not long after the race went back under green, the BMWs of Lucas Auer and Philipp Eng came together at Turn 3, two corners after Auer was hit by Audi debutant Benoit Treluyer.

Eng had to pull across the track after the front-right side of his BMW caught fire, while both Auer and Treluyer also retired from the race after returning to the pits.

Following another safety car period caused by the two crashes, the race resumed on lap 11 with Habsburg leading from Rast, Muller, Mike Rockenfeller and Jamie Green in an all-Audi top five.

Habsburg and Muller peeled into the pits on lap 13, with Rast and Rockenfeller following suit a lap later. This turned out to be the deciding moment of the race as both Rast and Rockenfeller got the overcut on their fellow Audi drivers, jumping to first and second respectively.

Both Habsburg and Muller managed to clear Rockenfeller after he locked up at Turn 5, but neither could respond to Rast’s pace, the two-time championship cruising to an 11-second win.

With that result, he completed a clean sweep of victories in the two rounds at Zolder, putting himself well clear of title rivals Muller and Frijns heading into the season finale at Hockenheim.

Behind, Habsburg began to fade in the closing stages of the race, allowing Muller to clear him with ease at the final chicane on lap 26 and limit the damage to form man Rast.

Kubica shined at Zolder to finish a surprise third, securing a first podium in an otherwise difficult rookie season with BMW’s customer team ART.

The Polish driver was up to sixth by the time the race resumed on lap 11 after two early safety car periods, and got the jump on Rockenfeller and Green by making a late stop on lap 18.

Ten laps later he passed the struggling WRT of Habsburg, finishing as the top driver from the BMW fold in third.

BMW’s Timo Glock rose from 14th on the grid to finish fourth at the flag, ahead of the Audis of Green and Rockenfeller.

Sheldon van der Linde was classified eighth for BMW, while his stablemate Marco Wittmann successfully held off WRT’s Harrison Newey to take ninth.

Habsburg was last of the classified finishers in 10th in a race that saw six retirees after being forced to make an unscheduled second pitstop late in the 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

11.500

3

8

Poland
Poland

Robert Kubica

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

25.785

4

16

Germany
Germany

Timo Glock

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

29.572

5

53

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jamie Green

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

30.209

6

99

Germany
Germany

Mike Rockenfeller

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

31.971

7

31

South Africa
South Africa

Sheldon Van Der Linde

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

33.095

8

11

Germany
Germany

Marco Wittmann

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

47.199

9

10

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Harrison Newey

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

47.651

10

62

Austria
Austria

Ferdinand Habsburg

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

1 Lap

22

Austria
Austria

Lucas Auer

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

34 Laps

19

France
France

Benoit Tréluyer

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

34 Laps

13

25

Austria
Austria

Philipp Eng

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

35 Laps

27

South Africa
South Africa

Jonathan Aberdein

BMW M4 Turbo DTM 2020

38 Laps

13

Switzerland
Switzerland

Fabio Scherer

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

38 Laps

16

4

Netherlands
Netherlands

Robin Frijns

Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020

39 Laps

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