Former DTM Champion Rene Rast completed his first laps in the Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler Formula E car ahead of his debut in the all-electric single-seater racing series.
Continuing his preparations for the resumption of racing after being confirmed as Daniel Abt’s replacement at Audi, Rast made his maiden outing in the Formula E car at the Lausitzring circuit which is located some 130 kilometres south of Berlin.
Rast was excited to test the Formula E car for the very first time and relishes the prospect of racing in Formula E.
He said: “An open car, completely different sound and completely different focus while testing than compared to the DTM. There were a lot of new experiences during the past few days.”
“I was very well received in the team and in Lucas I have a very open and experienced teacher at my side. I had a lot of fun with my first kilometers and I’m looking forward to the races in Berlin more and more every day, even if I know that it will be a huge challenge and anything but easy.”
Sharing the two day test with his championship-winning team-mate Lucas Di Grassi, the Brazilian was delighted to get back to work after spending so much time away from the racetrack.
After the test Di Grassi said: “We have six races ahead of us that will decide the championship. Everything is still open and, accordingly, we want to come to Berlin perfectly prepared. The testing is an important step on the way there.”
Audi are continuing to prepare for the final six races will steely focus with so many races in such a short period of time.
All six races are to be held at the Berlin Templehof circuit within a week, comprising of three double-headers starting on August 4-5, 8-9 and 12-13 which will conclude the season that was interrupted in February.
Audi head to the double-header races in Berlin fighting for both championships with Di Grassi fifth in the points classification, 29 points off series leader Antonio Felix Da Costa. While in the teams championship, Audi find themselves sixth in the points table, 52 points behind DS Techeetah.
But with six races in a week, everything is still up for grabs ahead of the return of Formula E racing on August 4 with Rast looking to make a strong start to his electric racing career.