At the conclusion of the DTM’s second round at the Lausitzring, Bruno Spengler has much to regret. He finished Race 1 in 11th position, just outside the points, and the end of Race 2 saw him reach the points scoring zone, only to lose it all when he was given a penalty for making contact with another car.

All through the weekend the Canadian driver could not optimize his BMW M4 DTM’s performance as he and his fellow BMW drivers suffered from tire problems. Consigned to the bottom half of the time sheets in free practice, the 2012 DTM champion had to make do with 15th place in the qualifying for Race 1. The race saw him make a good start and he gained five places in the opening lap. Getting tantalizingly close to the points scoring zone, the Quebecois driver overtook Mike Rockenfeller’s Audi to get 12th place on lap 19 and a bit later he made a move on Marco Wittman’s BMW to finish 11th in the race.

“Unfortunately the first half of my race was not good enough. After that I had good race pace and was actually happy with my car. However, I was just unable to make it into the points. We will now work hard to ensure we do better on Sunday. Tomorrow is a new day”.

On Sunday morning, Bruno was 11th fastest in the warm up then enjoyed a good start to the qualifying session as he got up to 2nd. However the drivers who followed him all improved their times, leaving him in 13th position. He was then given a penalty for blocking another car, which pushed him to 18th on the grid.

The M4 BMW Bank driver enjoyed a good start, getting up to 14th at the end of the first lap. He decided to opt for a very late pit stop and went in for a tire change on lap 20 as he patiently climbed his way up the order, lap after lap. He came out of the pits in 15th place and quickly started to close on the cars ahead of him. Helped by a safety car period late in the race, he then went on the attack for 10th place which would have seen him in the points. However his duel with Adrien Tambay’s Audi did not end well after contact between the two. Spengler saw the chequered flag in 10th place but was given a 30 second penalty which dropped him to the bottom of the classified results.

“The race actually went well and I was happy with our pace. The safety car period gave me the chance to close on Adrien Tambay. He collided with Nico Müller and I saw a gap. However, once I got into that gap the wheel locked slightly and I made contact with him. He spun – and I was penalised. Otherwise I would have been tenth. The positive thing is that I will now compete with less weight at the Norisring.”At the conclusion of the DTM’s second round at the Lausitzring, Bruno Spengler has much to regret. He finished Race 1 in 11th position, just outside the points, and the end of Race 2 saw him reach the points scoring zone, only to lose it all when he was given a penalty for making contact with another car.

All through the weekend the Canadian driver could not optimize his BMW M4 DTM’s performance as he and his fellow BMW drivers suffered from tire problems. Consigned to the bottom half of the time sheets in free practice, the 2012 DTM champion had to make do with 15th place in the qualifying for Race 1. The race saw him make a good start and he gained five places in the opening lap. Getting tantalizingly close to the points scoring zone, the Quebecois driver overtook Mike Rockenfeller’s Audi to get 12th place on lap 19 and a bit later he made a move on Marco Wittman’s BMW to finish 11th in the race.

“Unfortunately the first half of my race was not good enough. After that I had good race pace and was actually happy with my car. However, I was just unable to make it into the points. We will now work hard to ensure we do better on Sunday. Tomorrow is a new day”.

On Sunday morning, Bruno was 11th fastest in the warm up then enjoyed a good start to the qualifying session as he got up to 2nd. However the drivers who followed him all improved their times, leaving him in 13th position. He was then given a penalty for blocking another car, which pushed him to 18th on the grid.

The M4 BMW Bank driver enjoyed a good start, getting up to 14th at the end of the first lap. He decided to opt for a very late pit stop and went in for a tire change on lap 20 as he patiently climbed his way up the order, lap after lap. He came out of the pits in 15th place and quickly started to close on the cars ahead of him. Helped by a safety car period late in the race, he then went on the attack for 10th place which would have seen him in the points. However his duel with Adrien Tambay’s Audi did not end well after contact between the two. Spengler saw the chequered flag in 10th place but was given a 30 second penalty which dropped him to the bottom of the classified results.

“The race actually went well and I was happy with our pace. The safety car period gave me the chance to close on Adrien Tambay. He collided with Nico Müller and I saw a gap. However, once I got into that gap the wheel locked slightly and I made contact with him. He spun – and I was penalised. Otherwise I would have been tenth. The positive thing is that I will now compete with less weight at the Norisring.”

11e de la course 1, tout juste en dehors des points, et pénalisé pour un contact dans la course 2, alors qu’il venait d’intégrer le top 10 en toute fin de course, Bruno Spengler peut nourrir des regrets à l’issue des deux manches disputées sur le circuit du Lausitzring, deuxième rendez-vous de la saison.

Tout au long du week-end, le pilote canadien n’a pu défendre ses chances, ne pouvant exploiter les capacités de sa BMW M4 DTM, en proie à des problèmes de performances sur ses pneumatiques comme l’ensemble des pilotes

BMW. Déjà en retrait lors des essais libres, le champion 2012 devait se contenter du 15e rang lors des qualifications pour la course 1. Après un bon départ, il parvient à gagner cinq positions dès le premier tour. Navigant en permanence tout juste en dehors du top 10, le Québécois s’empare de la 12e place au détriment de l’Audi de Mike Rockenfeller au 19e tour, puis grimpe au 11e rang après avoir dépassé la BMW de Marco Wittmann quatre boucles plus tard. 11e, ce sera son classement à l’arrivée de cette première manche.

«Malheureusement, la première partie de ma course n’était pas assez bonne », expliquait-il samedi soir. « Après cela j’avais un bon rythme et j’étais assez content de ma voiture. Malgré tout, je ne pouvais tout simplement pas accéder à la zone des points. Nous allons maintenant travailler dur pour faire mieux lors de la course de dimanche».

11e du warm-up du dimanche matin, Bruno Spengler réalise une belle deuxième partie de séance qualificative se hissant momentanément au 2e rang, mais tous les pilotes placés derrière lui améliorent dans la foulée et le relèguent au 13e rang en quelques minutes. Une pénalité (pour avoir bloqué un autre concurrent) le repousse encore au 18e rang sur la grille.

Le pilote de la M4 BMW Bank prend un bon départ et se hisse au 14e rang à l’issue du premier tour. Remonté patiemment au fil des tours, il choisit d’observer très tard son changement de pneumatiques : il est l’un des derniers à s’arrêter aux stands, au 20e tour. Evoluant aux alentours de la 15e place, il revient rapidement sur les voitures placées devant lui. La neutralisation derrière la voiture de sécurité l’aide encore, puis il passe à l’attaque pour atteindre la 10e place, synonyme de point. En lutte avec Adrien Tambay (Audi), les deux hommes entrent en contact, ce qui vaudra à Bruno, qui a passé la ligne d’arrivée en 10e position, d’écoper de trente secondes de pénalité et de terminer en bas du classement.

«La course s’est plutôt bien passée, et j’étais content de notre rythme. La neutralisation derrière la voiture de sécurité m’a donné l’opportunité de revenir sur Adrien Tambay. Il est entré en contact avec Nico Müller et j’ai vu l’ouverture. Mais, une fois que je m’y étais engouffré, mes roues se sont bloquées et nous nous sommes touchés. Il a fait un tête-à-queue et j’ai été pénalisé, j’aurais terminé 10e sans cela».

«Le point positif est que nous embarquerons moins de lest sur le Norisring».