Reigning champion Rene Rast made a further mark in DTM history after claiming a record-breaking fifth straight win in the series to set up a three way title fight ahead of tomorrow's last race of the season at Hockenheim.

Rast became the first driver in modern day DTM history to claim five wins in a row after securing the race one victory ahead of his Audi team mate Robin Frijns from third on the grid.

Having stalked the Mercedes of Gary Paffett for much of the opening half of the race, Rast upped the ante immediately after the pit-window and secured the lead from Paffett once and for all on the 23rd lap of the race.

As virtue of his sixth win of the season, the Team Rosberg driver has exactly halved the pre-existing 30-point deficit he faced going into the penultimate race of the season, to just 15 behind new leader Paffett.

“That was an incredible race and a fantastic duel with Gary,” said Rast.

“No one has ever achieved five victories in a row in the DTM. Our goal was to keep the championship open up until the last race on Sunday.

"We managed to do that and have further reduced the gap to Gary and Paul in the championship. We obviously have to make up a lot of points tomorrow, but we’re not giving up and will keep pushing.”