The third round of the DTM Championship will take place this weekend at the Norisring and Bruno Spengler is determined to reach the podium again. The first four races did not work too well for him, allowing him to stray only once into the Top 10 (his 9th place at Hockenheim in Race 2).

The Canadian driver is elated to return to his favourite track. He won there three times in the past, including his debut win in 2006.

“I always enjoy driving at the Norisring. At first glance the circuit looks rather simple: 2 straights, 4 curves. In reality, it is more technical than it appears and offers a real challenge to the drivers, because of its bumpy surface and the unforgiving walls and guardrails, typical of a street circuit. Above everything else I love the fantastic atmosphere at this track and the proximity to the fans. Year after year they come in ever greater numbers and they are so passionate and knowledgeable about the sport. It is a very special race, a giant street party and one of the best on the calendar.”

Following the races at Hockenheim and the Lausitzring, Bruno has only scored two points. Like his BMW team mates, he intends to strike back at their competitive rivals and hopes that this event, effectively BMW’s home race will be the place to do so. “We will do our utmost to get a good result here. Over the last couple of years, this track has not been very kind to us but every year is different. Our aim is to get maximum points.”

The third round of the DTM Championship will take place this weekend at the Norisring and Bruno Spengler is determined to reach the podium again. The first four races did not work too well for him, allowing him to stray only once into the Top 10 (his 9th place at Hockenheim in Race 2).

The Canadian driver is elated to return to his favourite track. He won there three times in the past, including his debut win in 2006.

“I always enjoy driving at the Norisring. At first glance the circuit looks rather simple: 2 straights, 4 curves. In reality, it is more technical than it appears and offers a real challenge to the drivers, because of its bumpy surface and the unforgiving walls and guardrails, typical of a street circuit. Above everything else I love the fantastic atmosphere at this track and the proximity to the fans. Year after year they come in ever greater numbers and they are so passionate and knowledgeable about the sport. It is a very special race, a giant street party and one of the best on the calendar.”

Following the races at Hockenheim and the Lausitzring, Bruno has only scored two points. Like his BMW team mates, he intends to strike back at their competitive rivals and hopes that this event, effectively BMW’s home race will be the place to do so. “We will do our utmost to get a good result here. Over the last couple of years, this track has not been very kind to us but every year is different. Our aim is to get maximum points.”

Après quatre premières courses difficiles, et une seule 9e place (lors de la course 2 à Hockenheim), Bruno Spengler espère retrouver les places d’honneur ce week-end sur le Norisring, à l’occasion de la troisième étape du championnat DTM.

Le pilote BMW retrouve là son circuit fétiche, lui qui s’y est déjà imposé à trois reprises (dont sa toute première victoire dans la discipline en 2006). “C’est toujours un plaisir pour moi de retourner sur le Norisring. Le circuit a l’air assez simpliste au premier abord, avec deux lignes droites et quatre virages, mais il est en fait assez technique et il représente un véritable challenge pour les pilotes, en raison de son revêtement bosselé et de ces murs que l’on rase de près. Et puis j’adore l’ambiance extraordinaire avec cette proximité des fans, ce public toujours très nombreux, passionné et connaisseur. La course est toujours une véritable fête à Nuremberg, c’est vraiment un rendez-vous unique dans le calendrier”.

Après Hockenheim et le Lausitzring, Bruno compte deux petits points. Comme les autres pilotes BMW, le pilote canadien a une revanche à prendre et entend bien aller de l’avant et retrouver les places d’honneur, à l’occasion de la course à domicile pour BMW. “Nous aurons à coeur d’y décrocher de bons résultats. Le circuit ne nous a en revanche pas forcément réussi les années précédentes, mais chaque années est différente. Nous allons en tous tout mettre en oeuvre pour décrocher de gros points”.