Why is Rene Rast a cut above the rest? It's a question asked often in the DTM paddock, and even those close to him are usually at a loss to answer. The numbers are startlingly good: two titles in just three years in the DTM, winning 11 of the past 22 races and taking seven of the past 16 poles in a series where consistency is difficult to find and still more difficult to maintain.
So in short, he's exceptional. He's arguably the best outside Formula 1 - his DTM track record, and ability to jump into other categories and cars and immediately impress, makes that claim justifiable.
Rast's first DTM title came against the backdrop of his employer Audi supporting Mattias Ekstrom as its primary championship hope, and yet still the ever-popular Swede missed out. In 2018, Rast had the third-best car on the grid and came so close to defeating the dominant Mercedes of Gary Paffet and successfully defending his crown. This year was his first with a dominant car and he convincingly took the title.