2017 DTM – Hungaroring: Talking Points

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After all the action at the third round of the 2017 DTM Series which ventured to Hungary to take on the Hungaroring last weekend, we look back at some of the talking points.

Rene Rast

Audi rookie Rene Rast, leaves Hungary now leading the championship standings after claiming pole position in both races and the victory on Sunday.

The German who had not taken a pole position or a victory prior to this weekend was on fine form and even 10kg weight added to his car could not stop him from standing on the top step of the podium. A late pitstop was what ultimately gave Rast the chance to claim victory after passing Mattias Ekström who was on much older tyres than his stablemate.

Lucas Auer

Lucas Auer came into the third round of the season having taken pole position and the win on Saturday at both the previous rounds thus far. However, it was a difficult weekend for the Austrian who suffered from a lack of pace putting him out of contention for points.

A 12-second pitstop on Sunday cemented his problems, with Auer ultimately retiring his car on lap 23.

Auer now trails Rast by one point in the Drivers’ Championship heading into the next round.

Audi Dominance

Many felt Audi would dominate this race much as they did last year, where they secured a 1-2-3-4-5-6 finish in the Saturday’s race of that weekend.

That same dominance was there is qualifying on Saturday, claiming the first five slots on the grid and seventh place but the same result was not seen in the race where the best they could muster was fourth place with Mike Rockenfeller who battled with Bruno Spengler in the closing stages.

Sunday’s result was more what people had been expecting with Rast taking the win and Ekström joining him on the podium in second place. Rookie Loic Duval was the only Audi driver to not finish in the top ten.

In addition to Rast now leading the Drivers’ Championship, Audi Sport Team Rosberg leads the Teams’ Championship and Audi are on top in the Manufacturers’ Championship.

The series moves onto the Norisring in just over week’s time, the races last year were won by Audi’s Nico Muller and the now Mercedes driver Edoardo Mortara. Mercedes’ Christian Vietoris and BMW‘s Tom Blomqvist claimed the pole position spots in qualifying.


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