Rast takes light-to-flag victory at Brands Hatch

Rene Rast has taken victory at the Sunday DTM race at Brands Hatch, beating Audi colleagues Nico Müller and Robin Frijns in the process.

The championship leader further extended his advantage at the top of the points table with the win, holding off nearest challenger Müller in the closing stages. The German briefly lost the lead in the opening lap when Loïc Duval shot past Rast at the start and took the lead into turn one. Rast made quick work of the Audi veteran to take back the lead, and would not give it up for the remainder of the race. 

Rast and Müller then came in for their mandatory stops together on lap eleven, but the latter was delayed as mechanics dropped the Castrol-sponsored Audi off the jacks before one of the left-side tyres was properly bolted on, costing Müller valuable time.

After the stops, Rast, Müller, Frijns, Duval, Rockenfeller and Marco Wittmann then formed the top six before Joel Eriksson's stopped BMW brought out a slow zone. This prompted Wittmann to make a strategic gamble and make a second tyre stop, which left him down in tenth when the flag came out.

Shortly before the slow zone, Philipp Eng made his only stop, which then set him on course for a strong blast up the order, which culminated in an encounter with Duval.

The two drivers engaged in a physical battle, which ended with Duval on top in fourth, ahead of Eng, Rockenfeller and Sheldon van der Linde. The top ten was completed by Daniel Juncadella, Jake Dennis and Marco Wittmann.

Further back, Paul di Resta had a difficult and trialling afternoon, which peaked when the Scotsman pitted for tyres on lap 22. Di Resta's team radio malfunctioned, which resulted in the R-Motorsport crew not being prepared when he arrived. Di Resta then let his team know about his radio malfunction in less than subtle terms with an emotional and explicit rant:

Di Resta finished twelfth, behind von Habsburg and Glock, but ahead of Jamie Green and Pietro Fittipaldi. Joel Eriksson and Bruno Spengler both did not see the chequered flag, retiring with mechanical issues.

Brands Hatch 2 - Race Result

Pos Driver Team Gap
1   Rene RastAudi Team Rosberg
2   Nico MullerAudi Team Abt Sportsline0.240
3   Robin FrijnsAudi Team Abt Sportsline0.598
4   Loic DuvalAudi Team Phoenix2.362
5   Philipp EngBMW Team RBM2.889
6   Mike RockenfellerAudi Team Phoenix3.523
7   Sheldon Van Der LindeBMW Team RBM4.789
8   Jake DennisAston Martin R-Motorsport6.193
8   Daniel JuncadellaAston Martin R-Motorsport5.229
10   Marco WittmannBMW Team RMG7.837
11   Ferdinand von HabsburgAston Martin R-Motorsport12.091
12   Timo GlockBMW Team RMG20.594
13   Jonathan AberdeinAudi WRT Racing27.882
14   Paul di RestaAston Martin R-Motorsport35.392
15   Jamie GreenAudi Team Rosberg51.851
16   Pietro FittipaldiAudi WRT Racing55.065
17   Bruno SpenglerBMW Team RBMDNF
18   Joel ErikssonBMW Team RBMDNF