Last Saturday saw Bruno Spengler take part in the third round of the Blancpain Endurance Series, the “Le Castellet 6 Hours”, at the wheel of a ROAL Motorsport prepared BMW M4 GT3. Together with his team mates Timo Glock and Alex Zanardi, they took the opportunity to prepare themselves for the “Spa 24 Hours” scheduled to take place at the end of July. This race allowed the three drivers, BMW Motorsport and ROAL Motorsport to gather an optimal amount of data, even if a mechanical problem forced the team to retire the car in the second part of the race.

“It has been an interesting experience, to say the least. We were not very lucky as one of the shock absorbers broke at the start of the race and we lost several laps whilst it was being repaired. Then, at the end of Alex’s stint, as I was about to take the wheel, the team decided to retire the car because of a mechanical problem. It is a shame, I think we did not lack performance. When we stopped in the pits we were 15 seconds clear from the BMW Z4 VDS that finished the race on the third step of the podium.”

“I did the first stint of the race. I got a good start and made several positions. I also managed to stay clear of on track incidents, which is important. We were holding position before we had a problem with one of the shock absorbers.”

“Even if we did not finish the race, this weekend allowed us to gather a large amount of data, in preparation for the test this Wednesday and for the race at the end of July. The experience we gained is more important than the final result. And I also enjoyed driving at Le Castellet, I had never had the chance to drive at this track.”

Spengler, Zanardi and Glock will spend this Wednesday testing at Spa-Francorchamps, before Bruno and Timo Glock make their way to Nuremberg to compete in the DTM championship this weekend at the Norisring.Last Saturday saw Bruno Spengler take part in the third round of the Blancpain Endurance Series, the “Le Castellet 6 Hours”, at the wheel of a ROAL Motorsport prepared BMW M4 GT3. Together with his team mates Timo Glock and Alex Zanardi, they took the opportunity to prepare themselves for the “Spa 24 Hours” scheduled to take place at the end of July. This race allowed the three drivers, BMW Motorsport and ROAL Motorsport to gather an optimal amount of data, even if a mechanical problem forced the team to retire the car in the second part of the race.

“It has been an interesting experience, to say the least. We were not very lucky as one of the shock absorbers broke at the start of the race and we lost several laps whilst it was being repaired. Then, at the end of Alex’s stint, as I was about to take the wheel, the team decided to retire the car because of a mechanical problem. It is a shame, I think we did not lack performance. When we stopped in the pits we were 15 seconds clear from the BMW Z4 VDS that finished the race on the third step of the podium.”

“I did the first stint of the race. I got a good start and made several positions. I also managed to stay clear of on track incidents, which is important. We were holding position before we had a problem with one of the shock absorbers.”

“Even if we did not finish the race, this weekend allowed us to gather a large amount of data, in preparation for the test this Wednesday and for the race at the end of July. The experience we gained is more important than the final result. And I also enjoyed driving at Le Castellet, I had never had the chance to drive at this track.”

Spengler, Zanardi and Glock will spend this Wednesday testing at Spa-Francorchamps, before Bruno and Timo Glock make their way to Nuremberg to compete in the DTM championship this weekend at the Norisring.

Dans le cadre de sa préparation aux 24 Heures de Spa de fin juillet, Bruno Spengler, en compagnie de ses équipiers Alex Zanardi et Timo Glock, disputait ce week-end les Six Heures du Castellet, troisième manche du championnat Blancpain Endurance Series, au volant d’une BMW Z4 GT3. Une épreuve qui a permis aux trois pilotes, à BMW Motorsport et à ROAL Motorsport, d’emmagasiner un maximum d’informations, même si un problème mécanique a contraint l’équipage à l’abandon dans la deuxième partie de la course.

 « C’était une expérience intéressante. Nous avons tout de même manqué de réussite car nous avons cassé un amortisseur en début de course, et perdu plusieurs tours à le réparer. Puis, à la fin du relais d’Alex, alors que je m’apprêtais à prendre le volant, l’équipe a pris la décision de ne pas faire repartir la voiture en raison d’un problème mécanique. C’est dommage car nous étions assez performants. Au moment de notre arrêt aux stands, nous étions 15 secondes devant la BMW Z4 VDS qui a fini la course sur la troisième marche du podium ».

« Pour ma part, j’avais pris le premier relais en course, j’ai pris un bon départ qui m’a permis de gagner plusieurs positions, et j’ai également réussi à rester en-dehors des accrochages, ce qui était important. Il Nous tenions notre rang, avant ce premier petit souci d’amortisseur ».

« Même si nous avons été contraints de stopper avant la fin de la course, ce week-end nous a permis d’emmagasiner un maximum d’informations, avant la journée test de ce mercredi, puis la course en elle-même fin juillet. Il était surtout important de prendre de l’expérience, le résultat est secondaire. Et puis j’ai apprécié courir sur le circuit du Castellet, sur lequel je n’avais encore jamais roulé ».

Spengler, Zanardi et Glock se retrouveront ce mercredi pour une journée de test sur le circuit de Spa, puis Bruno, comme Timo Glock, prendront le chemin de Nüremberg pour y disputer la troisième manche du championnat DTM.