Two weeks after his podium finish at the Norisring, Bruno does it again, this time at Zandvoort, for the fourth round of the DTM season.  The Canadian driver raced to a third position in Race 2, after taking fifth in race 1.

The first two race weekends at Hockenheim and at the Lausitzring had been difficult for BMW but the Norisring found the team filled with renewed vigour, with a pole position for Spengler (his first and BMW’s first this season), and Bruno finishing the race in third place.

Spengler and his team intended to build on the momentum at Zandvoort.  Having got himself into the groove in free practice on Friday and Saturday, the 2012 champion was a bit disappointed to finish qualifying 1 in 9th position.

“We struggled to find the right settings in free practice but the team countered this splendidly and my M4 had top performance for the qualifying session.  I put new tires on for my flying lap but unfortunately had to slow down because of a yellow flag.  I did my best time on the following lap.  It is a shame, the tires are never as good after the first lap, especially at Zandvoort, the qualifying results could have been so much better.”

Bruno’s race started well, he gained two places by passing team mates Glock and Blomquist around the outside of turn 1, thus running in 7th position.  Lap after lap he put the pressure on Jamie Green’s Audi until the Brit dropped two wheels onto the dirt on the outside of turn 8 and spun into the gravel, which gave Spengler 6th position.  Then, two laps before the end of the race, fellow Brit Gary Paffett (Mercedes) made a slight mistake and Spengler took this opportunity to get into 5th place, where he finished the race.

“The car felt very good for the whole race, I felt very confident and I was on the attack from beginning to end.  Fifth is a good result, it gives us good points.  BMW did a fantastic job with seven cars in the top seven places.  I know that, unlike the other teams, we were not carrying 30 kilos of ballast and it helped getting this result but the team did a fantastic job and we made real progress.  Now we need to carry on working hard.”

The Sunday qualifying session saw Spengler miss pole position by six hundredths of a second but still enchanted by his performance.

At the beginning of Race 2, the black MTEK BMW was not as quick as the previous day and just managed to hold on to second place.  But he quickly recovered and kept the pressure on leader and poleman, team mate Antonio Felix Da Costa.  Bruno pitted one lap earlier than the Portuguese driver in hope of snatching the lead from him.  Although his pit stop was good, the team could not release him immediately because other cars were in the pit lane at the same time.  The delay cost him 2 seconds, long enough for BMW’s Augusto Farfus to take second place.  Spengler finished in third place, his second podium in two meetings.

“Another good race and a good result, even if I felt a bit disappointed as we had a chance to win this race.  We were quick, maybe even a bit quicker than Antonio but we lost time in the pits.  I had to wait for my team to release me as we did not want to incur a penalty.  It is not allowed to drive side by side in the pit lane.  These are the rules.  Once again the car performed really well and I would like to thank MTEK and BMW.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the fans at Zanvoort, they were responsible for the great atmosphere and gave us their support throughout the weekend.”

This means Bruno gains another three places in the season rankings, now up in 6th place before the next round which will take place in Austria at the Spielberg circuit on August 1 & 2.Two weeks after his podium finish at the Norisring, Bruno does it again, this time at Zandvoort, for the fourth round of the DTM season.  The Canadian driver raced to a third position in Race 2, after taking fifth in race 1.

The first two race weekends at Hockenheim and at the Lausitzring had been difficult for BMW but the Norisring found the team filled with renewed vigour, with a pole position for Spengler (his first and BMW’s first this season), and Bruno finishing the race in third place.

Spengler and his team intended to build on the momentum at Zandvoort.  Having got himself into the groove in free practice on Friday and Saturday, the 2012 champion was a bit disappointed to finish qualifying 1 in 9th position.

“We struggled to find the right settings in free practice but the team countered this splendidly and my M4 had top performance for the qualifying session.  I put new tires on for my flying lap but unfortunately had to slow down because of a yellow flag.  I did my best time on the following lap.  It is a shame, the tires are never as good after the first lap, especially at Zandvoort, the qualifying results could have been so much better.”

Bruno’s race started well, he gained two places by passing team mates Glock and Blomquist around the outside of turn 1, thus running in 7th position.  Lap after lap he put the pressure on Jamie Green’s Audi until the Brit dropped two wheels onto the dirt on the outside of turn 8 and spun into the gravel, which gave Spengler 6th position.  Then, two laps before the end of the race, fellow Brit Gary Paffett (Mercedes) made a slight mistake and Spengler took this opportunity to get into 5th place, where he finished the race.

“The car felt very good for the whole race, I felt very confident and I was on the attack from beginning to end.  Fifth is a good result, it gives us good points.  BMW did a fantastic job with seven cars in the top seven places.  I know that, unlike the other teams, we were not carrying 30 kilos of ballast and it helped getting this result but the team did a fantastic job and we made real progress.  Now we need to carry on working hard.”

The Sunday qualifying session saw Spengler miss pole position by six hundredths of a second but still enchanted by his performance.

At the beginning of Race 2, the black MTEK BMW was not as quick as the previous day and just managed to hold on to second place.  But he quickly recovered and kept the pressure on leader and poleman, team mate Antonio Felix Da Costa.  Bruno pitted one lap earlier than the Portuguese driver in hope of snatching the lead from him.  Although his pit stop was good, the team could not release him immediately because other cars were in the pit lane at the same time.  The delay cost him 2 seconds, long enough for BMW’s Augusto Farfus to take second place.  Spengler finished in third place, his second podium in two meetings.

“Another good race and a good result, even if I felt a bit disappointed as we had a chance to win this race.  We were quick, maybe even a bit quicker than Antonio but we lost time in the pits.  I had to wait for my team to release me as we did not want to incur a penalty.  It is not allowed to drive side by side in the pit lane.  These are the rules.  Once again the car performed really well and I would like to thank MTEK and BMW.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the fans at Zanvoort, they were responsible for the great atmosphere and gave us their support throughout the weekend.”

This means Bruno gains another three places in the season rankings, now up in 6th place before the next round which will take place in Austria at the Spielberg circuit on August 1 & 2.

Après avoir effectué son retour sur le podium quinze jours auparavant sur le circuit du Norisring, Bruno Spengler a récidivé à Zandvoort, à l’occasion de la quatrième étape du championnat DTM, où il a décroché une nouvelle 3e place dans la course 2, au lendemain de sa 5e place dans la course 1.

Après deux week-end difficiles à Hockenheim puis sur le Lausitzring, BMW avait déjà effectué son retour au premier plan sur le Norisring, où Bruno Spengler avait décroché la pole position (la première également pour le constructeur bavarois cette année) puis la 3e place en course.

A Zandvoort, le pilote québécois et son équipe comptaient bien confirmer. Après avoir pris ses marques lors des essais libres du vendredi et du samedi, le champion 2012 signait finalement le 9e temps de la qualification pour la course 1, un peu déçu.

« Nous avons eu du mal à trouver les bons réglages lors des essais libres, mais l’équipe a superbement réagi et je disposais d’une M4 vraiment très performantes lors des qualifications. Malheureusement, j’ai dû ralentir dans mon premier tour lancé avec les pneus neufs à cause d’un drapeau jaune, et j’ai signé mon chrono sur le tour suivant. Sachant que les pneus n’ont plus la même efficacité après le premier tour, surtout à Zandvoort, le résultat des qualifications aurait pu être meilleur ».

En course, Bruno prend un bon départ qui lui permet de gagner deux positions et de s’installer au 7e rang. Après avoir longtemps mis la pression sur l’Audi de Jamie Green, Bruno voit ce dernier partir à la faute, ce qui lui permet de grimper en 6e position. A deux tours de l’arrivée, c’est au tour de Gary Paffett (Mercedes) d’effectuer un écart, ce qui donne à Bruno l’opportunité de se glisser au 5e rang : c’est à cette position qu’il conclut la course.

« La voiture était très bonne sur la distance de la course, et cela m’a permis d’être en confiance et d’attaquer du début à la fin. 5e, c’est un bon résultat, cela nous permet d’engranger de bons points. Avec sept voitures aux sept premières places, BMW a signé une très belle performance. Même si le fait d’avoir 30 kg de moins que les autres joue sur le résultat, l’équipe a fait un gros travail et les progrès sont bien là. Mais il faut continuer à travailler »

Le lendemain, Bruno Spengler part à l’assaut de la séance qualificative pour la course 2. S’il manque la pole position pour six centièmes de secondes, le Canadien reste satisfait de sa performance.

Au départ de la course 2, l’envol de la BMW noire de l’écurie MTEK est moins bon que la veille, mais le Canadien parvient à conserver sa deuxième place. Lors de la première partie de course, il met longtemps la pression sur son équipier Antonio Felix Da Costa, poleman et leader. Afin de tenter de s’emparer de la tête, Bruno stoppe un tour plus tôt que le pilote portugais. Si son arrêt est court, son équipe ne peut le relâcher immédiatement, en raison de la présence d’autres voitures sur la pitlane au même moment. Il perd deux secondes, suffisant pour qu’Augusto Farfus, lui aussi sur BMW, lui prenne la deuxième place. Troisième, Bruno n’en signe pas moins son deuxième podium en deux meetings.

« Encore une très bonne course, et un très bon résultat, même s’il y a un peu de déception au fond de moi car nous avions les moyens de gagner cette seconde manche. Nous étions rapides, peut être un peu plus rapide qu’Antonio, mais nous avons perdu dans les stands car j’ai dû patienter sur mon emplacement avant d’être relâché, afin d’éviter une pénalité, car nous ne pouvons par rouler à deux de front dans la piltane. C’est le règlement, c’est comme ça. Encore une fois, la voiture était très performante et je tiens à remercier l’équipe MTEK et BMW. Merci également aux fans de Zandvoort, qui ont su mettre l’ambiance et nous apporter leur soutien durant tout le week-end. »

Au classement, Bruno gagne encore trois places avant ce bon week-end, et occupe désormais le 6e rang du classement avant les deux prochaines manches du calendrier, qui se disputeront sur le circuit de Spielberg, en Autriche, les 1er et 2 août.