Since the Volkswagen Group was embroiled in the emissions scandal, it has been on a purge of its fossil fuel-burning motorsport programmes. World Endurance, Rally, Rallycross, Touring Car Cup, IMSA GTLM and DTM attacks have been - or will soon be - mothballed as it powers to clean up a reputation that was dragged through a mire worth £25 billion in fines.
Not unrelated, the automotive titan has embarked on an electric motorsport assault. Both Audi and Porsche compete in Formula E, the VW ID.R set records up the Pikes Peak hillclimb and around the Nurburgring Nordschleife, and sub brand Cupra will enter Pure eTCR. These new outlets have afforded chances for Andre Lotterer, Neel Jani, Roman Dumas and Mattias Ekstrom most notably to be rehomed within the various brands.
Two-time DTM champion Rene Rast is now the latest driver to feel the benefit of that commendable loyalty. The 33-year-old has been signed by Audi for the remainder of the 2019-20 FE season, with the paddock set to reconvene at Berlin's Tempelhof Airport in a little under two months' time for a packed six-race, nine-day schedule.