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Sport Rene Rast returns to the DTM, but: "Kelvin is benchmark on GT3 car"

10:51  17 october  2021
10:51  17 october  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Rene Rast has announced that he won’t return to the DTM in the first year of its GT 3 era to defend his title. Rast successfully overhauled Audi stablemate Nico Muller to clinch his third DTM title last year, becoming the most successful DTM driver for the Ingolstadt-based marque and earning a place among the series’ great. The German driver’s full-time participation in the DTM was never likely after he was signed by Audi to race in Formula E this season, partnering 2016/17 Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi.

Three-time DTM champion Rast was signed by Audi for the 2020/21 FE season alongside Lucas di Grassi, having impressed the marque as a replacement for the ousted Daniel Abt in Berlin last year. He entered Formula E with a view to forge a long-term career in the all-electric series, even giving up But with Audi not expected to return to the top flight of sportscar racing until at least 2023, Rast is willing to complete a transitional year in other categories, possibly the GT 3 -based DTM with one of the marque’s factory-supported teams. Asked how Audi’s decision to quit Formula will impact his future, Rast told

Rene Rast und Kelvin van der Linde wurden 2014 Meister im ADAC GT Masters © ADAC Motorsport Rene Rast and Kelvin van der Linde were made in 2014 Masters in the ADAC GT Masters

The DTM 2021 DTM season is just finished , Already the coming year in Germany's top racing series is ahead of your shadows. At Abt-Audi, there is a more explosive constellation: Threefold champion Rene Rast meets his protégé Kelvin van der Linde. Rast believes that it becomes much harder for him in the GT3 age than still in the Class-1 era.

"In the coming year, I'm back for Audi sports at the start because I thought: 'Now you try again to offer the young Paroli.' Even if it will be extremely heavy, because of course it's completely different cars, "gives racing in the 'Sport1 Motor & Sport Magazine' .

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Rast began his car racing career in Formula BMW, but was forced to leave the single-seater ladder after only two years, effectively ending any hopes of one day making it to F1. He switched to the one-make ADAC Volkswagen Cup, and for the 19-year-old youngster from the small town of Minden in Having learned the ropes in GT 3 alongside Rene Rast , Kelvin van der Linde is in line to take up the three-time champion's baton as Audi's new DTM king. From humble origins in South Africa, it's been a remarkable journey so far for the current series leader, but he knows that the 2021 title is a long way

" The DTM races will be the absolute highlight for me this year. "There we can compete with the best teams and drivers in GT 3 racing and show what we are capable of. "With McLaren we have found an excellent partner for this and we are very much looking forward to working with this renowned Since making his final grand prix start with HRT at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Klien has contested a wide variety of touring and sportscar racing categories, including a return to the Le Mans 24 Hours with Aston Martin and Morand Racing. A full campaign in European Le Mans series in 2015 yielded a third

"The guys driving at the front have all a lot of experience on the cars, and we have seen: guys like Lucas di Grassi, Mike Rockenfeller or Nico Müller, who do not know the cars so well, maybe even do a bit Heavy. Therefore, my opportunities next year are not quite as big as one or the other may think. "

Rene Rast: Kelvin Van der Linde is the benchmark

, especially in its own warehouse, rest with enormous resistance. His protégé van der Linde showed this year with most wins (four) and most poles (five) and struggled to the last race around the DTM championship. "I can be very glad if I'm nearly at the level where Kelvin is," Rast makes it clear.

"He is certainly the benchmark on the GT3 car. This has been clearly seen this year, if you see where he was and where the second best Audi was in the championship. So I will have to do that for a long time, So that I come near there. "

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So, why were GT 3 cars in the DTM slower than those in GTWCE over a single lap? First, let’s take a look at why DTM should have been the faster of the two championships. The German category has partnered with Michelin following the end of its partnership with Hankook, which should offer a Having learned the ropes in GT 3 alongside Rene Rast , Kelvin van der Linde is in line to take up the three-time champion's baton as Audi's new DTM king. From humble origins in South Africa, it's been a remarkable journey so far for the current series leader, but he knows that the 2021 title is a long way from settled

Rene Rast has announced that he won't continue in the DTM for the first year of its GT 3 era to defend his title. "That's why I want to play it safe." Had Rast decided to compete in the DTM this year, he would have likely moved to the Abt Sportsline squad that won last year's teams' title. But with the German driver prioritising Formula E, Muller is now likely to remain with the Abt outfit that he has competed for since 2016 - although an official confirmation regarding his team is yet to be made.

van der Linde lock The DTM season 2021 after the incident with Liam Lawson at the start of the last race on the Norisring on the third place. Mike Rockenfeller landed in the final settlement on P8, Nico Müller on P10. Rockenfeller did not even collect half of his donation Audi teammate van der Linde (208: 89).

In the coming year, it comes to direct duel between Van der Linde and its mentor racing. The triple DTM master is aware of this starting position that there must be a loser in this fight: "We can not be both masters. Of course, that's a situation we both do not know."

Rast: Would be glad if I could ride a victory

how to win a championship together, knowing and the ten years younger van der Linde. In 2014, as a driver duo, they sat down in the ADAC GT Masters and won the title. Now is the matter different, because: "Driving against each other is new to us and certainly not easy to act."

"Nevertheless, I think: I've really had a lot of experience in motorsport and can differentiate that very well when I have as I can and may even support him in one or the other situation in the championship fight" , Rests the team player. If it's about personal goals for the year 2022, the Audi driver is careful.

"I would be glad if I could go for victories, you can anticipate it, of course, it always depends on the routes, which car is on which track is currently competitive. That's what we have seen this year. There are every now and then Tracks that are more of the one car than the other. You have to consider that next year, "gives racing to consider.

Whether it actually comes so, or if it races re-retract victories to fight the championship and keep his teammate in chess. Will show up under half a year. The DTM season 2022 starts at the end of April with two races in Portimao.

Mercedes-Fight around P2 in Hockenheim: That's why Raffaele Marciello immediately contacted .
© ADAC Motorsport Three Mercedes-Amg made second place in Hockenheim among themselves from there was a lot of brand-internal spice in it: on Sunday race of the ADAC GT Masters in Hockenheim Three Mercedes-AMG GT3 fought for the second position behind the winners Franck Perera / Rolf Eare in Grasser-Lamborghini # 19. The decision was made immediately after the pit stops, from a very specific reason.

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