After Saturday’s 11th place finish at Hockenheim’s  DTM championship opener, Bruno Spengler collected his first two points of the season when he finished race 2 in 9th position at the wheel of his MTEK-run BMW M4, a race run in mainly wet conditions.

The warm up took place under drizzly skies and was followed by an intense 20 minutes qualifying session during which the track, wet at first, slowly dried up, with Bruno posting the 13th best time (1.35.514).

At the start of race 2 the weather was dry but overcast. Following penalties given to other drivers, Bruno inherited 11th on the grid. The Canadian driver had an excellent start and made up several positions. Lap 10 saw the return of the rain and the MTEK team reacted by calling Bruno in for a pit stop, sending him back out on wet tires. This perfectly timed move allowed the Quebecois to get up to 6th whilst the other drivers scrambled for tires as well. An initial good pace eventually dropped off as the rain intensified.

After fighting to keep his position, Bruno had to concede a few places and finished 9th, collecting 2 points, his first this year.

“I had a very good start and enjoyed a good performance in the dry. The team then picked the perfect time to call me into the pits and change my tires to wets. This allowed me to gain two places and I ran in 6th position. At first the wet tires did a good job and the car ran smoothly, I was one of the fastest guys out there. Then the rain started to fall, that was quite okay but Gary Paffett hit me at the hairpin and my car was damaged. Since then, I began to lose grip. It was getting very slippery and I had to fight to keep the car balanced on the track. The heavy rain made it very difficult.”

“I had to fight the Mercedes for positions and had a good battle with Robert Wickens. The Mercedes were fast in the rain but, with Robert, it was clean and fair and it ended well. It was kinda fun.”

“I’m glad I got these two points, of course I would have loved more. We need to analyse the data and find out why our qualifying performance does not improve. We seem to perform better in the race so if we can qualify higher on the grid, we should be able to get more points next time.”

After Saturday’s 11th place finish at Hockenheim’s  DTM championship opener, Bruno Spengler collected his first two points of the season when he finished race 2 in 9th position at the wheel of his MTEK-run BMW M4, a race run in mainly wet conditions.

The warm up took place under drizzly skies and was followed by an intense 20 minutes qualifying session during which the track, wet at first, slowly dried up, with Bruno posting the 13th best time (1.35.514).

At the start of race 2 the weather was dry but overcast. Following penalties given to other drivers, Bruno inherited 11th on the grid. The Canadian driver had an excellent start and made up several positions. Lap 10 saw the return of the rain and the MTEK team reacted by calling Bruno in for a pit stop, sending him back out on wet tires. This perfectly timed move allowed the Quebecois to get up to 6th whilst the other drivers scrambled for tires as well. An initial good pace eventually dropped off as the rain intensified.

After fighting to keep his position, Bruno had to concede a few places and finished 9th, collecting 2 points, his first this year.

“I had a very good start and enjoyed a good performance in the dry. The team then picked the perfect time to call me into the pits and change my tires to wets. This allowed me to gain two places and I ran in 6th position. At first the wet tires did a good job and the car ran smoothly, I was one of the fastest guys out there. Then the rain started to fall, that was quite okay but Gary Paffett hit me at the hairpin and my car was damaged. Since then, I began to lose grip. It was getting very slippery and I had to fight to keep the car balanced on the track. The heavy rain made it very difficult.”

“I had to fight the Mercedes for positions and had a good battle with Robert Wickens. The Mercedes were fast in the rain but, with Robert, it was clean and fair and it ended well. It was kinda fun.”

“I’m glad I got these two points, of course I would have loved more. We need to analyse the data and find out why our qualifying performance does not improve. We seem to perform better in the race so if we can qualify higher on the grid, we should be able to get more points next time.”

11e de la course du samedi sur le sec à Hockenheim, à l’occasion de l’ouverture du championnat, Bruno Spengler a décroché ses deux premiers points de la saison lors de la course 2 sous la pluie, décrochant la 9e place au volant de sa BMW M4 DTM du Team MTEK.

Après un warm-up disputé sur le mouillé, la pluie s’éloigne d’Hockenheim au moment des qualifications, une séance de 20 mn qui va s’avérer intense et aléatoire, car la piste, humide en début de séance, va s’assécher au fil des minutes et des passages des voitures. A ce jeu, Bruno Spengler signe finalement le 13e temps des qualifications, avec un tour en 1:35.514.

La piste est toujours sèche mais le ciel est menaçant au moment du départ de la seconde course du week-end. Finalement 11e sur la grille suite à différentes pénalités, le pilote canadien prend un excellent départ et gagne déjà plusieurs positions. Peu après le cap du 10e tour, la pluie fait finalement son apparition. Le Team MTEK anticipe de la meilleure façon et appelle son pilote immédiatement pour monter des pneus sculptés. Une manoeuvre qui permet au Québécois de grimper encore dans le classement à l’issue de la salve de changements de pneumatiques, ce dernier émergeant au 6e rang. A l’aise sous cette pluie fine, Bruno Spengler commence à perdre du terrain lorsque la pluie s’intensifie.

Il lutte alors pour défendre sa position, mais perd tout de même plusieurs rangs en fin de course. Il termine finalement 9e, et marque ses deux premiers points du championnat.

J’ai pris un très bon départ, et j’avais une bonne performance sur le sec. L’équipe a vraiment choisi le  bon tour pour m’arrêter pour mettre des pneus pluie, j’ai gagné deux places en faisant cela et je me suis retrouvé 6e. Au début cela marchait bien avec les pneus pluie, la voiture marchait bien et j’étais un des plus rapides en piste. Lorsqu’il a commencé à pleuvoir plus fort, c’était plutôt pas mal mais Gary Paffett m’a heurté à l’épingle et cela a endommagé des éléments aérodynamiques sur la voiture. A partir de là, j’ai perdu pas mal de grip et d’adhérence. Ça a beaucoup glissé et je me suis battu comme cela jusqu’au bout dans des conditions d’adhérence déjà difficile. 

C’est pour cela que j’ai du défendre ma position par la suite face aux Mercedes qui étaient elles rapides sous la forte pluie. On a eu une bonne bataille avec Robert Wickens, c’était très propre, très fair et ça s’est bien terminé. C’était une course plutôt sympathique.

C’est bien d’avoir récupéré des points, j’aurais évidemment aimé en prendre davantage. Il faut analyser pourquoi notre performance en qualifications n’est pas encore assez bonne. Notre rythme en course a l’air meilleur, et si nous parvenons à partir un petit peu plus devant cela devrait aller mieux pour marquer des plus gros points.