Rast beats Audi stablemate Muller to victory in Brands DTM finale

DTM championship leader Rene Rast came out on top in a late duel with Audi stablemate and title rival Nico Muller in the Brands Hatch finale

Rast beats Audi stablemate Muller to victory in Brands DTM finale

Rast again made a poor getaway at the start, losing his lead to fellow front-row starter Loic Duval on the run to Paddock Hill Bend, spending the early stages of the race in second.

But the DTM title favourite would return to the lead when he breezed past Duval on the run to Hawthorns at the end of the first lap.

Just behind, Muller had begun to climb his way up the order from eighth after a strong start gained him places before he then overtook Audi stablemates Mike Rockenfeller and Jamie Green.

Muller then moved up to second when he replicated Rast's move on Duval to breeze past his rival and begin his chase of Rast.

But Muller's bid to overhaul Rast took a heavy hit when the pair both pitted at the end of lap 10 of 42.

Rast's pitstop was straightforward, but problems fitting the rear-left tyre on Muller's Audi RS5 DTM cost him five seconds.

Returning in a net second place, once he cleared Robin Frijns and Duval while the pair completed their outlaps, Muller had a gap of 3.3s to make up to the race leader.

The battle then swung to-and-fro over the second half of the race and a series of fast laps allowed Muller to close within 0.2s at the flag, but he proved unable to prevent Rast from taking his fourth win of 2019.

Frijns completed the podium places in third, boosted by a long-running battle for fourth between Philipp Eng and Rockenfeller.

Eng had started ninth on the grid and ran a long-running first stint that allowed him to have a fresh rubber advantage in his second stint.

The BMW driver cleared Rockenfeller with a smart move on the inside of Surtees but found Duval a much sterner proposition.

The pair made slight contact at Surtees when Duval closed the door on the BMW at the exit of Surtees and a lap later Eng ran side-by-side with the Audi on the run to Hawthorns.

But Eng failed to find a way past Duval and instead settled for fourth ahead of Rockenfeller.

Sheldon van der Linde took seventh place after he narrowly avoided collecting the spinning WRT Audi of Jonathan Aberdein during their battle for the position.

That spin helped elevate R-Motorsport Aston Martin driver Daniel Juncadella into eighth place, with team-mate Jake Dennis running a long first stint to climb from 17th to ninth.

Saturday race winner Marco Wittmann attempted to use a two-stop strategy after his climb from 12th on the grid slowed once he reached seventh place.

The gamble did not pay off and Wittmann ended the race in 10th.

Ferdinand Habsburg was 11th ahead of Timo Glock, while Aberdein recovered from his spin to place 13th.

Paul Di Resta, who led laps on Saturday, ended his race in 14th after a long-running first stint strategy was undone by a slow pitstop.

Jamie Green was 16th, while Pietro Fittipaldi had another off at Paddock Hill Bend and placed 17th.

Joel Eriksson, who failed to start the Saturday race due to a gearbox-related problem, retired from Sunday's race on after coming to a halt not long after the start/finish line midway through the sprint.

Race result - 42 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 57m28.564s
2 Nico Muller Abt Audi 0.240s
3 Robin Frijns Abt Audi 0.598s
4 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 2.362s
5 Philipp Eng RMR BMW 2.889s
6 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 3.523s
7 Sheldon van der Linde RBM BMW 4.789s
8 Daniel Juncadella R-Motorsport Aston Martin 5.229s
9 Jake Dennis R-Motorsport Aston Martin 6.193s
10 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 7.837s
11 Ferdinand Habsburg R-Motorsport Aston Martin 12.091s
12 Timo Glock RMR BMW 20.594s
13 Jonathan Aberdein WRT Audi 27.882s
14 Paul Di Resta R-Motorsport Aston Martin 35.392s
15 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 51.851s
16 Pietro Fittipaldi WRT Audi 55.065s
- Bruno Spengler RMG BMW Retirement
- Joel Eriksson RBM BMW Retirement

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Rene Rast 206
2 Nico Muller 169
3 Marco Wittmann 147
4 Philipp Eng 129
5 Mike Rockenfeller 108
6 Robin Frijns 93
7 Loic Duval 89
8 Bruno Spengler 77
9 Jamie Green 51
10 Joel Eriksson 43
11 Jonathan Aberdein 37
12 Sheldon van der Linde 36
13 Timo Glock 33
14 Daniel Juncadella 22
15 Paul Di Resta 15
16 Pietro Fittipaldi 14
17 Jake Dennis 12
18 Ferdinand Habsburg 3
19 Andrea Dovizioso 0

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