René Rast earns championship lead with Moscow victory

René Rast has won the first race of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) at the Moscow Raceway. The Audi driver successfully converted his pole position into a commanding race win to take the lead in the driver’s championship.

At the race start, Rast got away ahead of fellow Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller. Behind them, championship leader Mattias Ekström collided with former Formula One driver Timo Glock. Ekström slid off the track and lost several positions as Glock was given a warning by the stewards. Ekström could only recover to eighth.

Rockenfeller kept within the DRS window for much of the race, but he was never really close enough to attack Rast for the lead. However, he was significantly disadvantaged. He had broken the metatarsal bone in his left foot after his crash at the Norisring forcing him to switch to right-foot braking.

Rast came across the line to win the race just 0.770s ahead of Rockenfeller to claim back the DTM points’ lead at the halfway point of the season. Reigning DTM champion Marco Wittmann secured third place followed by Robert Wickens whom he overtook in the final stages of the race.

Rast now leads the championship again four points ahead of Lucas Auer, who finished sixth. Ekström has slipped back to third, six points behind Rast. The second race in Moscow is set to get underway on Sunday.

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