Rene
Rast

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At a glance

  • DTM champion
  • Two titles in three years
  • Average of 12 points per race in his DTM career
  • Nine poles from 18 in 2019
Rene Rast

There’s a serious case to be made that Rene Rast is the best racing driver outside of Formula 1 - Autosport argued as much earlier this year. While the consensus of opinion between all our correspondents differs, it does not change the fact that Rast's 2019 was imperious - and few drivers dominated a top category like the DTM in similar fashion this year.

The numbers are staggering: He won his 2019 DTM title by 72 points - the largest margin in series history. He was also the first driver to secure two DTM titles inside three years, and scored an unmatched 35 points in qualifying thanks to seven poles and a total of 13 front-row starts.

Rast played a crucial part in Audi dominating a season that began with so many unknowns due to the switch to the much more complicated Class One engine, and even with the odd reliability issue - Rast could not be caught by stablemate Nico Muller and BMW's Marco Wittmann.

Rene Rast
Rene Rast
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'A picture is now building that gives insight into how Rast has effectively shaped Audi around him'

Rast's superiority was difficult to assess, even by those inside Audi, such was his ability to maximise the smallest possible advantages to build up a picture of dominance. DTM boss Gerhard Berger argued that Rast is worthy of a place in F1, and only his age - 33 - counts against him. The evidence from his DTM career after an unconventional route there shows there's merit in those words.

"At the end of the day, there are no big differences, only big results because he is so consistent," reckons Audi motorsport boss Dieter Gass. Consistency may be boring, but it can be ruthlessly efficient.