Former champion Rene Rast made it back onto the podium for the first time since his comeback in the DTM. There was only one winner at the Lausitzring this weekend.

Three-time DTM champion Rast made it back onto the podium for the first time since his comeback to the racing series. In the fourth race of the year at the Lausitzring on Sunday, the Audi driver from Minden finished third behind BMW driver Sheldon van der Linde (South Africa) and Munich’s Maro Engel in a Mercedes.

Van der Linde, who had already triumphed in the identical position on Saturday, also took the lead in the overall standings, while Rast improved to seventh.

“The whole weekend was a dream. Today it was much more difficult than yesterday, but somehow I managed to keep Engel behind me,” van der Linde, who had to drive with 25 kg of “success ballast”, told ProSieben: “This is the most beautiful day in my career.”

Defending champion Götz with room for improvement

Defending champion Maximilian Götz, on the other hand, is still not really getting to grips with the new season. The Mercedes driver finished tenth and 13th, his best result so far was a fifth place. DTM rookie David Schumacher (Mercedes) finished 15th on Sunday, after the son of former Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher had retired on Saturday.

A total of eight race weekends with 16 rounds are on the calendar this year, the next stop being Imola on 18/19 June. The series finale will take place on 8/9 October at the Hockenheimring.

Rast, who took the DTM crown in 2017, 2019 and 2020 under the old Class One regulations, raced for Audi in Formula E after the series switched to GT3 regulations last year. This year, the 35-year-old is making the switch.