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Audi’s Rast reveals unusual technique for fourth DTM title push

The DTMs switch to GT3 regulations in 2021 coincided with the introduction of successful rule ballast under that your top three finishers from each race are hit with a weight penalty in the next contest.

Importantly, within refinements in regulations because of this year, the driver finishing third is currently only hit with five kilogram of additional weight to another race when compared with 15kg in 2021. The next place driver must carry 15kg of ballast rather than 18kg, as the race winner is still handicapped by 25kg of excess weight as this past year.

It has made Rast think of a clever solution to bypass the success ballast rule, suggesting that scoring race wins could possibly prove detrimental to a drivers championship challenge because of the weight penalty that is included with it.

“The very best strategy right now could very well be to always finish third, The Abt Audi driver told Sportradio Deutchsland.

In the DTM, you might also need to learn that for each victory you take, you obtain additional weight for another race – in this instance 25 kilos in the event that you win. And another race usually doesn’t go so well.

“In the event that you finish third, you merely get five kilos. Therefore I’m actually quite satisfied. In the event that you finish third maybe once or twice, you merely get five kilos and you also still have the opportunity at another race. That brings points, but additionally still good chances for another race.”

Rene Rast, Team ABT Sportsline

Rene Rast, Team ABT Sportsline

Photo by: Alexander Trienitz

Rast moved around third in the championship with a set of third-place finishes at the Norisring, putting him just 10 points behind factory Lamborghini driver Mirko Bortolotti, who hasnt won a race up to now but has regularly finished in the top 10.

Having announced on Tuesday he would part ways with Audi, more likely to join McLaren in Formula E, 2022 could grow to be the German driver’s last campaign in the DTM.

Asked about his title aspirations, the 35-year-old said: “Once you get yourself a little sniff of the championship, needless to say you would like to win, no question about any of it. But we’ve plenty of other competitors who would like a similar thing.

“I am hoping that we at the very least stay where we have been. But when you have four bad weekends now, theoretically it could not even be adequate for the very best 10.

So we must take it since it comes – and hope we’ve four good weekends.”

The 2022 DTM season resumes at the Nurburgring on August 27-28 following the mid-year break, with the ultimate four rounds spread across just seven weekends in a rapid-fire title run-in.

Rast feels the circuits the DTM will visit in the next half of the growing season could play to his strengths.

“All of the tracks approaching now are in fact cool, he said. We’ve the Nurburgring next now, that is among my favourite tracks because I’ve had plenty of success there.”

“Then we’ve Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium – a historic, very famous track, with plenty of cool sections like Eau Rouge and so forth. Then your Red Bull Ring in Austria – also another good track – and Hockenheim, the finale, that i actually always like quite definitely aswell.”

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