Double DTM champion Rene Rast joins Audi until end of the season

Reigning DTM champion Rene Rast joins Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler to close out the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

Born in Minden, Germany, Rene Rast started karting professionally at the age of 10, competing nationally, before winning the 2001 North German ICA Junior Kartcup. A year later he won the German ICA Junior Kartcup.

Audi and Rast have had a long-standing and successful partnership in DTM. In his first full campaign in the German touring car championship in 2017, Rast's consistency across the year saw him secure a maiden title in his rookie season.

The following year, he came second overall in the DTM standings despite dominating in the closing stages with six victories in a row. In 2019, Rast reclaimed his DTM title with a commanding performance across 18 rounds, storming to seven wins and six podiums.

Other racing accolades include a run of championships in the Porsche Supercup between 2010 and 2012, endurance victories in 2014 in both the Nurburgring 24 Hours around the gruelling Nordschleife and the Spa 24 Hours, as well as overall honours in the 2014 ADAC GT Masters.

Jumping into the vacant Audi e-tron FE06 for the remainder of the 2019/20 season, the German ace has already had a taste of all-electric street racing, having deputised for Antonio Felix da Costa at Super Aguri in the 2016 Berlin E-Prix.

“I’ve been following Formula E very closely for a long time and am now looking forward to this new challenge,” said Rast.

“The demands on the drivers in Formula E are high. In addition to pure speed, it’s also a question of efficiency, battery management and the perfect strategy – and all of this on tight city circuits, where things are usually quite turbulent.

"With the testing at the beginning of July and my experience in the simulator, I’ll will try to be as well prepared as possible when I arrive in Berlin, and with six races in nine days, I’ll have plenty of opportunity to learn quickly!”

Rene Rast Formula E

Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass, says Rast is the perfect line-up for the vacant Audi e-tron FE06: “As a two-time DTM Champion and long-time Audi driver, René was naturally on the shortlist from the very beginning.

"In the past, he has often proved how fast he is in a new series without having to get used to it. It’s nice that there are no overlaps between DTM and Formula E so that Rene can compete in both series for us.

"With six final races in Berlin, our team still has everything to play for in the championship.”

Rast's first Formula E outing, back in Berlin, 2016