|P.o.B.||Minden, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany|
|D.o.B.||26 October 1986|
|Date of Death||Unknown|
|Début||2016 Berlin ePrix|
|Former Teams||Team Aguri|
|Formula E Career|
|Entries||7 (7 Starts)|
|Team||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler|
René Rast (born 26 October 1986 in Minden, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany) is a German racing driver, who competes in the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship with Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler. Well regarded as a double DTM champion in recent season's, Rast would make his FE return in place of Daniel Abt for the second half of the 2019/20 season having previously raced at the 2016 Berlin ePrix in place of António Félix da Costa.
After a fairly standard junior career in karting, which climaxed in a single season in Formula BMW, Rast claimed his first title with the 2005 ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup. A single season in the Seat Leon Supercopa Germany followed, before Rast began his long association with the various Porsche Carrera Cup series. His maiden season in the German version came in 2007 with little success, although his results were good enough to earn future drives in both the German Cup and the Porsche Supercup.
2008 saw Rast's career really take off, with the German sweeping to the title in the German Cup, while also completing a near full season in the Supercup. 2009 saw Rast take second in the Supercup, before winning the series outright in 2010, the season he also started in the ADAC GT Masters. The following two seasons of Supercup belonged to Rast, the German making it three titles in a row in 2012, a season in which he also won the German Cup and the ADAC GT Masters.
Amid his dominance of the Supercup, Rast was rewarded with drives in the 12 Hours of Sebring. That developed into a drive at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2012, a race in which the German would win his class. Later that season Rast would take part in the 24 Hours of Spa, taking victory for Audi as his time with Porsche came to an end.
His move to Audi as a factory driver saw Rast given the chance to campaign in the FIA GT Series and the Blancpain Sprint Series, taking maiden victories in both. 2014 saw Rast make his debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LMP2 class, his performance good enough to get a drive in the third factory Audi R18 in 2015. After his two outings for the factory effort Rast was loaned out again, taking a full World Endurance Championship drive in LMP2, alongside a few appearances in the DTM. The latter would become Rast's primary series for 2017.
Formula E History
Rast got his single shot in Formula E with Team Aguri, who needed a driver to replace António Félix da Costa when the Portuguese racer was absent with DTM duties. Having never tested an FE car before, Rast needed to learn quickly at the 2016 Berlin ePrix, and he duly qualified down in seventeenth on his debut, although he was at least quicker than teammate Ma Qing Hua. The race itself was not a brilliant one for the German, with Rast not classified despite finishing, having had to stop early after picking up bodywork damage.
An Abt Replacement?: 2019-20
Rast was linked with the second Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler seat alongside Lucas di Grassi towards the end of the 2019/20 season, after Daniel Abt was dropped from the team after an incident in the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge. Audi were reported as having scheduled a test for the German racer in order to evaluate the Spark SRT05e, although it would be dependant on how the revised 2019/20 calendar was structured after the COVID-19 Pandemic paused the Championship. Rast was later handed Abt's vacated seat after FE announced its plans to complete the 2019/20 season in Berlin, with a view to racing in the Championship full time in 2020/21.
Full Formula E Record
Shown below are a series of tables outlining René Rast's career in Formula E in statistical form.
Formula E Entries
The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for René Rast during their FE career:
|René Rast's Overall Formula E Record|
|2015/16||Team Aguri||55||Spark-Renault SRT_01E||23rd||0|
|2019/20||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||66||Audi e-tron FE06|
Below is a table showing René Rast's full Formula E record.
|FIA Formula E Championship Record|
Videos and Images:
- Malte Christians, 'Image No: A203358', audi-mediacenter.com, (Audi Communications Motorsport, 03/07/2020), https://www.audi-mediacenter.com/en/press-releases/rene-rast-drives-audi-formula-e-car-for-the-first-time-12945, (Accessed 03/07/2020)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 'Double DTM champion Rene Rast joins Audi until end of the season', fiaformulae.com. (FIA Formula E, 19/06/2020), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2020/june/rast-audi, (Accessed 19/06/2020)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 'Rast replaces da Costa at Team Aguri', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 18/05/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/may/rast-replaces-da-costa-at-team-aguri/, (Accessed 20/05/2016)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 'Buemi win cuts di Grassi's lead to just one point', fiaformula.com, (FIA Formula E, 21/05/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/may/buemi-win-cuts-di-grassi-s-lead-to-just-one-point/, (Accessed 21/05/2016)
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 'René Rast', driverdb.com, (Driver Database, 2020), https://www.driverdb.com/drivers/rene-rast/, (Accessed 19/06/2020)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 'Report: Audi driver Rene Rast before Formula E test', e-formel.de, (e-formel.de, 05/06/2020), https://www.e-formel.de/kurzmeldungen/bericht-audi-pilot-rast-bekommt-formel-e-test.html, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
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