René Rast (born 26 October 1986 in Minden[1]) is a German professional racing driver and the 2017, 2019 and 2020 DTM champion. He previously drove for Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler in Formula E from 2019 to 2021 before Audi left the sport at the end of 2021. He claimed overall wins at the 2012 and 2014 24 Hours of Spa, 2014 24 Hours of Nurburgring and a class win at the 2012 24 Hours of Daytona.

Career

Rast driving for Veltins MRS Racing in the 2009 Porsche Supercup at the Hungaroring.

After competing in karting and Formula BMW, Rast won the 2005 ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup and was runner-up at the 2006 Seat León Supercopa Germany.

In 2007, he switched to sports car racing, where he won Porsche Carrera Cup Germany in 2008 and 2012, and Porsche Supercup and claimed three championships from 2010 to 2012. Rast also competed at the ADAC GT Masters from 2010 to 2012, winning the title in his last year.

He ran the 2011 12 Hours of Sebring with a Paul Miller Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. Rast won the 2012 24 Hours of Daytona GT class, driving a Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with co-drivers Andy Lally, Richard Lietz and team owner John Potter.

Rast won the 2012 and 2014 24 Hours of Spa with a factory-supported Audi R8 LMS with teams Phoenix and WRT respectively.

In the 2013 FIA GT Series, he claimed a win and five podiums with an WRT Audi R8. In the 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series, he claimed a win and three podiums. In 2016, he got three podiums with.

Rast debuted at the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans with a Sébastien Loeb Racing Oreca-Nissan, finishing fourth in the LMP2 class. In 2015, he competed at two rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship with a factory Audi R18 e-tron quattro, finishing fourth overall at the 6 Hours of Spa and seventh at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 2016, he raced full-time for G-Drive with an Oreca-Nissan LMP2, claiming a win at Bahrain and a second place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and two third-place finishes at Silverstone and Austin.

Rast debuted at the Formula E at the 2016 Berlin ePrix replacing António Félix da Costa (who has a DTM commitment) at Team Aguri.[2] Later he competed in two rounds of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters with an Audi RS5, finishing sixth at Hockenheim II race 1.

He won the 2017 DTM title in his first full year driving an Audi RS5 for Team Rosberg.[3] After taking a record-breaking six consecutive race victories the following year, he missed out on a repeat title by only four points.[4] Rast won the 2019 DTM Championship, and scored his third series title the following season.[5]

Rast returned to Formula E for the final six races of the 2019-20 season in Berlin, replacing the sacked Daniel Abt at the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team. He managed to score a podium finish in the fifth race, where he crossed the line in third place.[6]

Rast drove for Audi as a permanent driver for the 2020-21 Formula E Championship, partnering Lucas di Grassi.[7]

Rast did not compete in the 2021–22 Formula E World Championship, but he made his return to the series in the 2022–23 season driving for the new McLaren team.[8]

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2003 Formula BMW ADAC KUG/Dewalt Racing 20 0 0 0 0 14 18th
2004 Formula BMW ADAC KUG/Dewalt Racing 2 0 0 0 0 1 22nd
Team Lauderbach Motorsport 11 0 0 0 0
2005 ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup Volkswagen Motorsport 10 6 4 3 7 395 1st
2006 SEAT León Supercopa Germany GAG Racing Team 15 3 3 2 8 185 2nd
2007 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany MRS-Team 9 0 0 0 1 54 10th
Porsche Supercup 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2008 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany MRS-Team 9 1 3 1 6 139 1st
Porsche Supercup Veltins MRS Racing 11 0 4 1 1 95 6th
2009 Porsche Supercup Veltins MRS Racing 13 6 5 6 10 207 2nd
2010 Porsche Supercup Al Faisal Lechner Racing 10 4 4 1 7 152 1st
ADAC GT Masters Mühlner Motorsport 4 1 0 1 1 20 17th
Pole Promotion 2 0 0 0 0
Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup Volkswagen Motorsport 2 2 1 1 2 0 NC†
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany Farnbacher Racing 2 0 1 0 0 0 NC†
2011 Porsche Supercup Veltins Lechner Racing 11 5 3 3 8 181 1st
Porsche Carrera World Cup 1 1 0 1 1 N/A 1st
ADAC GT Masters Phoenix Racing Pole Promotion 12 1 0 0 3 69 15th
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany Förch Racing 8 1 0 1 5 93 5th
American Le Mans Series - GT Paul Miller Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2012 Porsche Supercup Lechner Racing 8 5 4 4 7 142 1st
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany Team Deutsche Post by tolimit 17 6 5 7 12 242 1st
ADAC GT Masters Mamerow Racing 7 1 0 0 2 50 16th
Blancpain Endurance Series Audi Sport Team Phoenix 2 1 0 0 1 46 9th
Rolex Sports Car Series - GT Magnus Racing 1 1 0 0 1 35 49th
2013 FIA GT Series Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 10 2 3 2 5 80 6th
Blancpain Endurance Series 5 0 0 0 1 24 14th
ADAC GT Masters Prosperia C. Abt Racing 16 2 1 2 5 146 6th
Dacia Logan Cup Germany Pronghorn-Racing 6 5 3 4 6 5067 1st
Rolex Sports Car Series - GT APR Motorsport LTD.UK 1 0 0 0 1 32 49th
Pirelli World Challenge Swisher Racing 1 0 0 0 0 85 24th
2014 ADAC GT Masters Prosperia C. Abt Racing 16 3 4 3 9 214 1st
Blancpain Sprint Series Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 14 1 0 4 3 71 5th
Blancpain Endurance Series 1 1 0 0 1 43 10th
United SportsCar Championship - GTD Paul Miller Racing 1 0 1 0 0 18 87th
FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 Sébastien Loeb Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
2015 Blancpain Endurance Series Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
FIA GT World Cup 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
FIA World Endurance Championship Audi Sport Team Joest 2 0 0 0 0 24 12th
24 Hours of Le Mans 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 7th
Audi Sport TT Cup Audi Sport 2 1 1 0 1 0 NC†
United SportsCar Championship - GTD Paul Miller Racing 1 0 0 0 0 27 38th
2015–16 Formula E Team Aguri 1 0 0 0 0 0 23rd
2016 Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 8 0 0 0 3 39 9th
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 2 0 1 1 1 18 24th
FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 G-Drive Racing 7 1 4 3 4 111 5th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Audi Sport Team Rosberg 1 0 0 0 0 8 23rd
Audi Sport Team Phoenix 2 0 0 0 0
IMSA SportsCar Championship - GTD Magnus Racing 1 1 0 0 1 36 35th
Intercontinental GT Challenge Melbourne Performance Centre 1 0 0 0 0 44 2nd
Audi Sport Team WRT 1 0 1 1 1
Audi Sport Team Phoenix 1 0 0 1 1
2017 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Audi Sport Team Rosberg 18 3 3 4 5 179 1st
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Audi Sport Team WRT 2 0 0 0 1 29 10th
Intercontinental GT Challenge 1 0 0 0 0 8 12th
IMSA SportsCar Championship - Prototype VisitFlorida Racing 2 0 0 0 1 55 23rd
2018 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Audi Sport Team Rosberg 19 7 2 1 9 251 2nd
IMSA SportsCar Championship - Prototype Mazda Team Joest 3 0 0 1 0 55 35th
World Touring Car Cup Audi Sport Team WRT 2 0 0 0 0 10 28th
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 1 0 0 0 0 8 39th
Intercontinental GT Challenge 1 0 1 0 0 12 18th
2019 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Audi Sport Team Rosberg 18 7 8 2 13 322 1st
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Audi Sport Team WRT 1 0 0 0 0 3 32nd
Intercontinental GT Challenge 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
IMSA SportsCar Championship - DPi Mazda Team Joest 1 0 1 0 0 20 35th
2019–20 Formula E Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 6 0 0 0 1 29 15th
2020 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Audi Sport Team Rosberg 18 7 7 7 13 353 1st
2020–21 Formula E Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 15 0 0 2 1 78 13th
2022 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Team Abt 16 1 3 0 6 149 3rd
FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 WRT 5 2 1 1 3 91 6th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 0 1 0 0 N/A DNF
IMSA SportsCar Championship - LMP2 G-Drive Racing with APR 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2022–23 Formula E Neom McLaren Formula E Team

As Rast was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.
* Season still in progress.

Complete Porsche Supercup results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 DC Points
2007 Veltins MRS Racing BHR BHR CAT MON MAG SIL NÜR
13
HUN IST SPA MNZ NC‡ 0‡
2008 Veltins MRS Racing BHR
Ret
BHR
3
CAT
5
IST
Ret
MON
7
MAG
Ret
SIL HOC
5
HUN
8
VAL
6
SPA
7
MNZ
8
6th 95
2009 Veltins MRS Racing BHR
Ret
BHR
2
CAT
DSQ
MON
2
IST
2
SIL
1
NÜR
1
HUN
1
VAL
1
SPA
17†
MNZ
1
YMC
1
YMC
2
2nd 207
2010 Al Faisal Lechner Racing BHR
1
BHR
1
CAT
Ret
MON
1
VAL
1
SIL
2
HOC
Ret
HUN
3
SPA
3
MNZ
4
1st 152
2011 Veltins Lechner Racing IST
5
CAT
7
MON
1
NÜR
1
SIL
1
NÜR
1
HUN
Ret
SPA
2
MNZ
2
YMC
2
YMC
1
1st 181
2012 Lechner Racing BHR
1
BHR
3
MON
Ret
VAL
1
SIL
1
HOC
1
HUN
DNS
HUN
DNS
SPA
2
MNZ
1
1st 142

Did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance. As Rast was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.

Complete FIA GT Series results

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos. Points
2013 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS ultra Pro NOG
QR

2
NOG
CR

6
ZOL
QR

3
ZOL
CR

5
ZAN
QR

3
ZAN
CR

Ret
SVK
QR

5
SVK
CR

2
NAV
QR
NAV
CR
BAK
QR

1
BAK
CR

15
6th 80

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2014 Sébastien Loeb Racing LMP2 Oreca 03R Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL SPA LMS
4
COA FUJ SHA BHR SÃO NC† 0†
2015 Audi Sport Team Joest LMP1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Audi TDI 4.0 L Turbo V6
(Hybrid Diesel)
SIL SPA
4
LMS
7
NÜR COA FUJ SHA BHR 12th 24
2016 G-Drive Racing LMP2 Oreca 05 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
3
SPA
5
LMS
2
NÜR
Ret
MEX
7
COA
3
FUJ SHA BHR
1
5th 111
2022 WRT LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SEB
2
SPA
1
LMS
Ret
MNZ
12
FUJ BHR
1
6th 91

As Rast was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points. * Season still in progress.

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2014 France Sébastien Loeb Racing Czech Republic Jan Charouz
France Vincent Capillaire
Oreca 03R-Nissan LMP2 354 8th 4th
2015 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Italy Marco Bonanomi
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 387 7th 7th
2016 Russia G-Drive Racing Russia Roman Rusinov
United Kingdom Will Stevens
Oreca 05-Nissan LMP2 357 6th 2nd
2022 Belgium WRT Netherlands Robin Frijns
Indonesia Sean Gelael
Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 285 DNF DNF

Complete IMSA SportsCar Championship results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2014 Paul Miller Racing GTD Audi R8 LMS ultra Audi 5.2L V10 DAY
16
SEB LGA DET WGL MOS IMS ELK VIR COA PET 87th 18
2015 Paul Miller Racing GTD Audi R8 LMS ultra Audi 5.2L V10 DAY
5
SEB LGA DET WGL LIM ELK VIR COA PET 38th 27
2016 Magnus Racing GTD Audi R8 LMS Audi 5.2L V10 DAY
1
SEB LGA DET WGL MOS LIM ELK VIR COA PET 35th 36
2017 VisitFlorida Racing P Riley Mk. 30 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 DAY
3
SEB
6
LBH COA DET WGL MOS ELK LGA PET 23rd 55
2018 Mazda Team Joest P Mazda RT24-P Mazda MZ-2.0T 2.0 L Turbo I4 DAY
17
SEB
8
LBH MDO DET WGL
13
MOS ELK LGA PET 35th 55
2019 Mazda Team Joest DPi Mazda RT24-P Mazda MZ-2.0T 2.0 L Turbo I4 DAY
11
SEB LBH MDO DET WGL MOS ELK LGA PET 35th 20
2022 G-Drive Racing by APR LMP2 Aurus 01 Gibson GK428 V8 DAY
5†
SEB
LGA
MDO
WGL
ELK
PET

Points only counted towards the Michelin Endurance Cup, and not the overall LMP2 Championship. * Season still in progress.

Complete Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup results

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Points
2014 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS ultra Pro NOG
QR

DSQ
NOG
CR

7
BRH
QR

14
BRH
CR

9
ZAN
QR

4
ZAN
CR

1
SVK
QR

9
SVK
CR

3
ALG
QR

3
ALG
CR

5
ZOL
QR

4
ZOL
CR

Ret
BAK
QR

4
BAK
CR

Ret
5th 71
2016 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS Pro MIS
QR

14
MIS
CR

Ret
BRH
QR
BRH
CR
NÜR
QR

3
NÜR
CR

2
HUN
QR

10
HUN
CR

3
CAT
QR

5
CAT
CR

18
9th 39

Complete Formula E results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Chassis Powertrain 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pos Points
2015–16 Team Aguri Spark SRT01-e SRT01-e BEI PUT PDE BUE MEX LBH PAR BER
NC
LDN LDN 23rd 0
2019–20 Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Spark SRT05e Audi e-tron FE06 DIR DIR SCL MEX MRK BER
10
BER
13
BER
Ret
BER
16
BER
3
BER
4
15th 29
2020–21 Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Spark SRT05e Audi e-tron FE07 DIR
4
DIR
17
RME
6
RME
Ret
VLC
5
VLC
6
MCO
Ret
PUE
2
PUE
10
NYC
10
NYC
20
LDN
5
LDN
Ret
BER
9
BER
9
13th 78
2022-23 Neom McLaren Formula E Team

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2016 Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM HOC
1
HOC
2
SPL
1
SPL
2
LAU
1
LAU
2
NOR
1
NOR
2
ZAN
1
ZAN
2

19
MSC
1
MSC
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
23rd 8
Audi Sport Team Phoenix HOC
1

6
HOC
2

17
2017 Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM HOC
1

6
HOC
2

Ret
LAU
1

3
LAU
2

7
HUN
1

6
HUN
2

1
NOR
1

12
NOR
2

Ret
MSC
1

1
MSC
2

4
ZAN
1

9
ZAN
2

Ret
NÜR
1

5
NÜR
2

12
SPL
1

13
SPL
2

1
HOC
1

6
HOC
2

2
1st 179
2018 Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM HOC
1

9
HOC
2

7
LAU
1

Ret
LAU
2

DNS
HUN
1

4
HUN
2

10
NOR
1

16
NOR
2

14
ZAN
1

17
ZAN
2

1
BRH
1

4
BRH
2

3
MIS
1

Ret
MIS
2

3
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

1
SPL
1

1
SPL
2

1
HOC
1

1
HOC
2

1
2nd 251
2019 Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 Turbo DTM HOC
1

16†
HOC
2

1
ZOL
1

Ret
ZOL
2

1
MIS
1

2
MIS
2

3
NOR
1

1
NOR
2

7
ASS
1

3
ASS
2

5
BRH
1

2
BRH
2

1
LAU
1

Ret
LAU
2

1
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

3
HOC
1

1
HOC
2

3
1st 322
2020 Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 Turbo DTM SPA
1

5
SPA
2

3
LAU
1

7
LAU
2

1
LAU
1

1
LAU
2

6
ASS
1

5
ASS
2

5
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

2
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

3
ZOL
1

1
ZOL
2

1
ZOL
1

1
ZOL
2

1
HOC
1

2
HOC
2

1
1st 353
2022 Team Abt Audi R8 LMS Evo II ALG
1

Ret
ALG
2

12
LAU
1

8
LAU
2

3
IMO
1

1
IMO
2

Ret
NOR
1

3
NOR
2

3
NÜR
1

9
NÜR
2

Ret
SPA
1

4
SPA
2

Ret
RBR
1

2
RBR
2

10
HOC
1

5
HOC
2

2
3rd 149

Did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

References

  1. ^ "Introducing...René Rast". Autosport. Vol. 200, no. 1. 2010-04-01. p. 63.
  2. ^ Smith, Topher (18 May 2016). "Rast to debut at Berlin ePrix". e-racing.net. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  3. ^ Simmons, Marcus (15 October 2017). "Rast snatches title as Wittmann wins finale". autosport.com. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  4. ^ Gruz, David; Spacek, Julia. "Audi: Rast's winning streak a 'record for eternity'". Motorsport. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  5. ^ "The Champion Remains the Champion: René Rast Seals his Third DTM Drivers' Title". DTM. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Race Results". FIA Formula E. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  7. ^ Kew, Matt. "Rast joins at Audi Formula E team full-time alongside di Grassi for 2020-21". Autosport.com. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  8. ^ "The logic behind McLaren's first Formula E driver signing". The Race. 2022-08-23. Retrieved 2022-08-23.

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Matthias Meyer
ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup
Champion

2005
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