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René Rast tops final pre-season test session at the Nürburgring

Audi Sport Team Rosberg driver René Rast finished the final day of the official pre-season tests at the Nürburgring as the fastest driver on the track, topping Thursday’s afternoon session.

The reigning champion set a best lap time of 1:19.290s, 0.138s faster than fellow Audi driver, and last year’s championship rival, Nico Müller. BMW Motorsport newcomer Lucas Auer was third, a further half-tenth behind.

Jonathan Aberdein completed another solid session in his first run for BMW Motorsport in fourth position, four-tenths off the pace, with Harrison Newey right behind in an Audi RS 5 DTM.

Team Phoenix’s Loïc Duval was sixth followed by ART Grand Prix’s Robert Kubica, nine-tenths behind Rast.

BMW’s Timo Glock finished ninth, 1.7 seconds off the pace, followed by WRT’s Ferdinand Habsburg, 1.8 seconds off the pace.

The Austrian, who signed with WRT after R-Motorsport’s exit from the DTM, set the fastest overall time of the four days of testing on Wednesday, with lap of 1:18.911s.

The start of the 2020 DTM season is scheduled for the 1st and 2nd of August at Spa-Francorchamps.