This coming weekend will see the start of Bruno Spengler’s 11th season in the DTM. At the wheel of his MTEK-run BMW M4, the Canadian driver intends to race at the front of the pack, relishing the challenge of the new DTM format, which will consist of two races per weekend instead of a single race on the Sunday.

After a disappointing season in 2014, Spengler is keen to make up for it in this new campaign in the top German Super Touring championship. The introduction of this new racing format means DTM meetings will now consist of a double header weekend, one race per day, preceded by a qualifying session. The Quebecois driver welcomes these changes.

From a driver’s point of view this is really good news. I am also looking forward to the reintroduction of the Friday practice. Over the past couple of years a large amount of fans attended meetings from Friday onwards, even though there was no on-track activity. This year will see a total change, with on-track action from beginning to end. Saturday and Sunday will offer practically nonstop entertainment, with a free practice session followed by qualifying and the race. For us drivers it’s excellent. A fast pace of events will keep us in the groove.”

This new double header format will no doubt keep the fans entertained, however it will be a tough challenge for the DTM drivers, engineers and mechanics.

“It is true that running two races per weekend will be more demanding, as the mechanics will have to work twice as hard on the cars, with probably only a few hours’ sleep in between. It will be harder on the drivers as well. In the past you had to reserve your energy for qualifying and for the race. We will now have FOUR instances per weekend where we will have to push our limits and give our all. It will be more difficult physically, but, at a personal level, I think it will also be more rewarding. We will have to remain sharp and focussed to be at the front regularly.” 

“I have a lot of expectations for this year and I cannot wait to show the fans what I can do with BMW and MTEK!”This coming weekend will see the start of Bruno Spengler’s 11th season in the DTM. At the wheel of his MTEK-run BMW M4, the Canadian driver intends to race at the front of the pack, relishing the challenge of the new DTM format, which will consist of two races per weekend instead of a single race on the Sunday.

After a disappointing season in 2014, Spengler is keen to make up for it in this new campaign in the top German Super Touring championship. The introduction of this new racing format means DTM meetings will now consist of a double header weekend, one race per day, preceded by a qualifying session. The Quebecois driver welcomes these changes.

From a driver’s point of view this is really good news. I am also looking forward to the reintroduction of the Friday practice. Over the past couple of years a large amount of fans attended meetings from Friday onwards, even though there was no on-track activity. This year will see a total change, with on-track action from beginning to end. Saturday and Sunday will offer practically nonstop entertainment, with a free practice session followed by qualifying and the race. For us drivers it’s excellent. A fast pace of events will keep us in the groove.”

This new double header format will no doubt keep the fans entertained, however it will be a tough challenge for the DTM drivers, engineers and mechanics.

“It is true that running two races per weekend will be more demanding, as the mechanics will have to work twice as hard on the cars, with probably only a few hours’ sleep in between. It will be harder on the drivers as well. In the past you had to reserve your energy for qualifying and for the race. We will now have FOUR instances per weekend where we will have to push our limits and give our all. It will be more difficult physically, but, at a personal level, I think it will also be more rewarding. We will have to remain sharp and focussed to be at the front regularly.” 

“I have a lot of expectations for this year and I cannot wait to show the fans what I can do with BMW and MTEK!”

Bruno Spengler s’apprête à entamer, ce week-end à Hockenheim, sa 11e saison en DTM. Au volant de sa BMW M4 DTM de l’écurie BMW Team MTEK, le pilote canadien entend bien jouer les premiers rôles, tout en se réjouissant du nouveau format des meetings de la discipline, qui proposera deux courses par week-end, à la place de l’unique course dominicale.

A l’issue d’une saison 2014 qui ne répondait de loin pas à ses attentes, Bruno Spengler est aujourd’hui fin prêt pour une nouvelle campagne au sein du très relevé championnat de supertourisme allemand. Grande nouveauté cette année : les meetings de DTM ne compteront plus une seule, mais deux courses, une par jour, avec à chaque fois une séance de qualification pour chaque manche. Un changement applaudi par le pilote québécois.

“Du point de vue du pilote, c’est très positif. Je me félicite déjà du retour des essais du vendredi : lors des dernières années, de nombreux fans étaient déjà sur place ce premier jour alors qu’il n’y avait pas d’activité en piste, ce sera différent à partir de cette année, avec de l’action dès le vendredi. Les choses vont s’enchaîner rapidement, tant le samedi que le dimanche, avec à chaque fois une séance d’essais libres, une qualification et une course. Pour nous pilotes, c’est très bien : cela va nous permettre de rester dans le rythme”.

Si ce nouveau format de double courses ravira les spectateurs, il sera beaucoup plus exigeant pour les acteurs du DTM, mécaniciens comme pilotes. “Il est certain que le fait de disputer deux courses par week-end va amener des week-ends plus exigeants pour les mécaniciens, qui travailleront beaucoup plus, avec probablement des petites nuits entre le samedi et dimanche pour tout remettre en ordre sur les voitures. Pour les pilotes, il y aura davantage d’efforts à fournir sur le week-end. Auparavant, il y avait deux moments durant lesquels il fallait se livrer à fond : les qualifications, puis la course. Là, il y aura en fait quatre moments dans le week-end où il faudra se donner à 200%. Physiquement, ce sera plus exigeant, mais je trouve ça mieux à titre personnel, il va falloir être affûté pour être devant de manière régulière”.

“En tout cas, je me réjouis de reprendre la compétition après une si longue attente, et j’ai hâte d’aller à l’assaut de ce premier rendez-vous, avec BMW et l’équipe MTEK”.