Interview with DTM Champion Rene’ Rast
DTM is back on track this week at Vallelunga for the first opening pre-season test. The Roman circuit held Audi and BMW, that this year will compete for the title due to Aston Martin exit from the series.
In Italy we met the reigning Champion René Rast, that last year won his second series’ title with the Audi RS5 #33 car run by Audi Sport Team Rosberg as the German factory won all three DTM championship title, Manufacturers, Drivers and Teams.
How does being a two-time DTM Champion feel?
It’s a great feeling. I’ve started my carrer in kart when I was a kid, than I moved to Formula BMW ADAC and some touring cars series. I never dreamed to be a two time DTM champion, it’s amazing!
What are your ambitions for the upcoming season?
Goals are really high as we want to win again. Last year we took all three titles and we want to repeat it. It’s not gonna be easy, but we’ll try to do our best.
What are your physical condiction during this test?
This is my first test since November. Obviously not driving for two months your body needs to get used to doing its job again, but I’m fine. It’s always good to be in a race car and I’m really happy to race again.
Are you working on new setups? Do you have some technical news?
Basically car is the same as last year, but we’re working on new setups, get the groove again and verify that everything works in the right direction to have our usual routine and to be ready for the start of the season.
Do you felt that could challenge for victory if the first race of the season was held immediately after this testing session?
Maybe not yet. We’ll have also another test in Monza on March. We don’t have enough time, but it’s the same for everyone.
At the moment, with Aston Martin out of the scene, only 15 cars are expected to the Zolder opener, comprising eight Audis and seven BMWs. What do you think about it?
We’d like to have R-Motorsport with us, because last year they did a great job. It’s a shame. However with two manufacturers we’ll try to produce a good show for our fans, spectators and for DTM supporter all over the world.
Last year you have raced with Super GT. What do you think about the probable arrival of new brand like Honda?
It’s a great oppurtunity to have new cars on the grid. They came to Hockenheim and we went to Fuji for the first time in DTM history and it was good. Hopfully there’s some new opportunity this year, but we don’t know details at the moment.
What do you think about the DTM future with electric cars?
We have to follow the trend. The mainstream still loves loud V8 engines, but times are changing. I think that is a positive thing, like in the endurance series with hybrid cars or in Formula 1. I’m completly open for a future with full electric cars.
DTM 2020 calendar includes Monza, do you like this circuit, and what Italian driver could race in DTM for you?
There’s a lot of good drivers in Italy like Giancarlo Fisichella and Alessandro Balzan. Monza is one of my favourite track. I have a list and the Italian temple of the speed is in the first place. I wish to race in Monza and this desire will come true.