After getting a first taste of BMW Z4 at the Daytona 24 Hours in January where he finished second in the GTLM classification, Bruno Spengler will live another career defining moment  at the Spa 24 Hours where he will share a ROAL Motorsports Z4 with Alex Zanardi and Timo Glock at the end of July. In order to prepare for the race the three drivers will contest the Blancpain Endurance Series at Le Castellet circuit on June 20.

The Spa 24 Hours will present a challenge to the BMW engineers, not only at sports level but also at human and technical levels, as they adapt the car for driver changes. Indeed, in 2001, Alex Zanardi lost both legs in a terrible Champcar accident. The Italian champion returned to the racing tracks a few years later and took part in the Blancpain Endurance Series  last year, with BMW Motorsports. Zanardi also won medals in the London Paralympic Games in 2012.

It is the first time since his accident that Alex Zanardi will be partnered by “able-bodied” drivers and Bruno Spengler and Timo Glock have been picked to be his team mates.

“I am really looking forward to the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps. I drove the 24 Hours of Daytona in January and really enjoyed it. But the fact that BMW is now giving me the opportunity to race alongside Alex in a BMW Z4 GT3 is amazing. It really is an honour for me to be part of this team. This project will be a great experience for me, and I am very motivated. Alex, Timo and I are a good team and I can hardly wait to compete together.”After getting a first taste of BMW Z4 at the Daytona 24 Hours in January where he finished second in the GTLM classification, Bruno Spengler will live another career defining moment  at the Spa 24 Hours where he will share a ROAL Motorsports Z4 with Alex Zanardi and Timo Glock at the end of July. In order to prepare for the race the three drivers will contest the Blancpain Endurance Series at Le Castellet circuit on June 20.

The Spa 24 Hours will present a challenge to the BMW engineers, not only at sports level but also at human and technical levels, as they adapt the car for driver changes. Indeed, in 2001, Alex Zanardi lost both legs in a terrible Champcar accident. The Italian champion returned to the racing tracks a few years later and took part in the Blancpain Endurance Series  last year, with BMW Motorsports. Zanardi also won medals in the London Paralympic Games in 2012.

It is the first time since his accident that Alex Zanardi will be partnered by “able-bodied” drivers and Bruno Spengler and Timo Glock have been picked to be his team mates.

“I am really looking forward to the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps. I drove the 24 Hours of Daytona in January and really enjoyed it. But the fact that BMW is now giving me the opportunity to race alongside Alex in a BMW Z4 GT3 is amazing. It really is an honour for me to be part of this team. This project will be a great experience for me, and I am very motivated. Alex, Timo and I are a good team and I can hardly wait to compete together.”

Après une première expérience sur la BMW Z4  lors des 24 Heures de Daytona en janvier, avec une deuxième place au classement GTE, Bruno Spengler s’apprête à vivre un autre moment fort dans sa carrière, en disputant les 24 Heures de Spa fin juillet, aux côtés d’Alex Zanardi et de Timo Glock sur une Z4 alignée par le ROAL Motorsport. Les trois hommes disputeront la manche de Blancpain Endurance Series au Castellet le 20 juin en guise de préparation.

Au challenge sportif s’ajouteront une histoire humaine de tout premier ordre mais également un véritable défi technique pour les ingénieurs de BMW Motorsport. Après avoir perdu ses deux jambes lors d’un terrible accident en Champcar en 2001, Alex Zanardi avait repris le chemin des circuits quelques années plus tard. Devenu membre de la famille BMW Motorsport, le champion italien, par ailleurs médaillé olympique aux Jeux Paralympiques de Londres en 2012, a pris part depuis l’an passé aux courses de Blancpain Sprint Series sur une BMW Z4 adaptée.

Cette fois, Zanardi partagera le volant pour la première fois avec des équipiers “valides”, et c’est Bruno Spengler, ainsi que Timo Glock, qui ont été choisis pour épauler le champion italien.

“Je me réjouis vraiment de disputer les 24 Heures de Spa-Francorchamps”, explique Bruno. “J’ai pris part aux 24 Heures de Daytona en janvier et j’ai vraiment apprécié. Mais le fait que BMW me donne aujourd’hui l’opportunité de courir aux côtés d’Alex dans une BMW Z4 GT3, c’est quelque chose de sensationnel. C’est vraiment un honneur pour moi de faire partie de cet équipage. Ce projet constituera une superbe expérience pour moi, et je suis très motivé. Alex, Timo et moi-même constituons une équipe solide et j’ai hâte que nous courrions ensemble”.