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Rene Rast

Born:
26th October 1986 (Age 33)
Minden, North Rhine-Westphalia
Nationality:
German
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

The versatile René Rast recovered from a difficult baptism in the sport to become a multiple champion in the Porsche Supercup and DTM.

Early single-seater career and switch to one make series

He raced in Formula BMW in 2003 and 2004 but “I never had a good budget, a good team or a good result” he later recalled. Already disillusioned with single-seaters, Rast switched to the Volkswagen Polo Cup in 2005 and won the championship at the first attempt. Runner-up in the following year’s German SEAT Léon Cup, he started his career driving Porsches in 2007.

Two seasons in the German Carrera Cup culminated in another title in 2008, by which time Rast was already making his way in the Formula 1-supporting Supercup. Fifth in the 2008 Supercup with the Veltins MRS squad, he was runner-up in 2009 behind the experienced Jeroen Bleekemolen.

Porsche Supercup Champion

Rast defected to Walter Lechner Racing for the 2010 Porsche Supercup as Bleekemolen’s team-mate and it proved an outstanding success. The 23-year-old won four times that year to beat Konrad Motorsport’s Nick Tandy to the title.

He remained with the team and successfully defended his title for the next two seasons. He also won the German Carrera Cup for a second time in 2012 and took victory on his debut in the Spa 24 Hours – sharing the winning Phoenix Audi R8 LMS with Frank Stippler and Andrea Piccini.

GT racing with Audi

He switched to WRT’s Audi in 2013 – winning twice in the German series and finishing the Silverstone Blancpain Endurance race in second position. He won the Spa 24 Hours again in 2014 having finished fourth in LMP2 on his debut at Le Mans. Winner of Zandvoort’s Blancpain Sprint round, Rast and Kelvin van der Linde were crowned 2014 ADAC GT Champion thanks to three victories in Abt Racing’s Audi R8 LMS ultra.

Rast was part of Audi Sport Team Joest’s line-up for the World Endurance Championship races at Spa-Francorchamps and Le Mans in 2015. Sharing an Audi R18 e-tron Quattro with Felipe Albuquerque and Marco Bonanomi, they were fourth overall in Belgium and seventh in the French classic.

The German drove G-Drive Racing’s LMP2 ORECA 05-Nissan throughout the 2016 World Endurance Championship. Second in class at Le Mans when less than a lap behind the class winning Signatech entry, he scored a couple of third-place finishes and completed a successful season by winning LMP2 in Bahrain.

DTM Champion

He also made is DTM debut during 2016 when driving an Audi RS5 at Zandvoort and Hockenheim – coming sixth in race one of that season finale. He joined Audi Sport Team Rosberg for 2017 and challenged established Audi aces Mattias Ekström and Jamie Green in the standings DTM series. He converted a pole positions in Hungary and Russia into maiden victories and won the Austrian round to enter the final weekend with a mathematical chance of stealing the title. Rast then finished sixth and second at Hockenheim to snatch the title in his first full season in the touring car series.

Rast continued to be Audi’s leading light in 2018. Out of luck at the start of the year, he took his title fight with Mercedes duo Paul di Resta and Gary Paffett alive to the end thanks to a great second-half to the season. Winner of race two at Zandvoort, Rast won the last six races to come within four points of snatching the title from Paffett. He then dominated the 2019 season – winning seven times to be crowned DTM champion for the second time in three years.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2020 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters
Audi Sport Team Rosberg
16 5 11 7
44% win rate
305
2019/2020 ABB FIA Formula E Championship
Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler
6 0 1 0
0% win rate
15th 29
2019 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters
Audi Sport Team Rosberg
18 8 13 7
39% win rate
1st 322
2018 Blancpain Endurance Series 38th 8
2018 World Touring Car Cup
Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team
2 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
28th 10
2018 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Audi Sport Team Rosberg
19 (1) 2 9 7
37% win rate
2nd 251
2017 Blancpain Endurance Series 9th 29
2017 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Audi Sport Team Rosberg
18 3 5 3
17% win rate
1st 179
2017 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters 1st -
2016 World Endurance Championship
G-Drive Racing
7 0 0 0 13th 26
2016 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Audi Sport Team Phoenix
Audi Sport Team Rosberg
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
23rd 8
2016 Blancpain Endurance Series 24th 18
2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship
Team Aguri
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
23rd 0
2015 World Endurance Championship
Audi Sport Team Joest
2 0 0 0 12th 24
2014 ADAC GT Championship 1st -
2014 Blancpain Endurance Series
Audi Sport Team WRT
1 0 1 1 10th 43
2014 World Endurance Championship
Sebastien Loeb Racing
1 0 0 0 0
2013 Blancpain Endurance Series 15th 24
2012 Porsche Supercup 1st 142
2012 Blancpain Endurance Series
Audi Sport Team Phoenix
1 0 1 1 9th 46
2011 Porsche Supercup 1st 181
2010 Porsche Supercup 1st 152
2009 Porsche Supercup 2nd 207
2008 Porsche Supercup 5th 94