German driver René Rast has gained his momentum as he looks to defend his Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) title.
In the previous three races, the Audi driver scored a total of 54 points. More than Gary Paffett (50) and Paul Di Resta (42), the championship leaders.
“Have you witnessed his pace in the past races,” Mercedes-AMG driver Paffett asked rhetorically when speaking on the official DTM website,
He add: “He’s on a roll. As I see it, it’s normal now that René also is fast in the closing stages of the races. That’s something we have to cope with and we ideally should keep on outqualifying him. He does a great job.”
With 77 points on his tally, the reigning champion currently holds ninth position in the championship. And his form is improving more and more.
“With the fourth place on Saturday and another podium on Sunday my weekend at Brands Hatch was great. But it’s not only the result that made me happy.
“The same applies to the way how it was secured by us. I want to keep on racing this way: with good qualifying sessions and by scoring regularly,” Rast said.
But he is overmodest: “For me, the fight for the title is over. I just want to secure good race results.” Audi’s catch-up work in the past weeks is bearing ripe fruit.
The next stage of the 2018 DTM will take place in Simoncelli, Italy next weekend (25-26 August). It will be beamed live on Fox Sports 2.