After his first 24 Hours race in Daytona in January, Bruno Spengler will follow this up next weekend when he takes part in the prestigious 24 Hours of Spa.  This race will see him team up with Alex Zanardi and Timo Glock at the wheel of a BMW Z4 prepared by ROAL Motorsport in collaboration with BMW Motorsport.

It will be a key moment in Bruno’s career.

“This will be my second 24 Hours race.  I can hardly wait, it is a big event.  It will be a bit different from Daytona in the sense that only the GTs are on track.  The race will be very interesting with 60 cars running.  We do not have much experience on this circuit so we have a lot to learn.  The main objective will be to run thru the night without any problem, only then will we be allowed to think of getting good results, but there are a lot of unknowns.”

Last June, the three men had had the opportunity to rehearse for Spa by taking part in the Blancpain Endurance Series at Le Castellet.  Unfortunately their race was cut short by a mechanical failure but they managed to collect a large amount of data.

“The race at Le Castellet was very useful, it allowed us to get into the groove and get used to the car.  Unfortunately we had to retire but we learnt a lot about the pit stops and the drivers change.  However, compared to the other Blancpain teams, we still have a lot of work to do.”

“I am very pleased to be Alex’s team mate and also to be part of Roberto Ravaglia’s ROAL Motorsport Team.  Roberto played an important role with BMW, in DTM and other touring car disciplines.  All the elements are there to get a good result this weekend, even if it will be a challenge to compete with the regular team, but we will do our best.”After his first 24 Hours race in Daytona in January, Bruno Spengler will follow this up next weekend when he takes part in the prestigious 24 Hours of Spa.  This race will see him team up with Alex Zanardi and Timo Glock at the wheel of a BMW Z4 prepared by ROAL Motorsport in collaboration with BMW Motorsport.

It will be a key moment in Bruno’s career.

“This will be my second 24 Hours race.  I can hardly wait, it is a big event.  It will be a bit different from Daytona in the sense that only the GTs are on track.  The race will be very interesting with 60 cars running.  We do not have much experience on this circuit so we have a lot to learn.  The main objective will be to run thru the night without any problem, only then will we be allowed to think of getting good results, but there are a lot of unknowns.”

Last June, the three men had had the opportunity to rehearse for Spa by taking part in the Blancpain Endurance Series at Le Castellet.  Unfortunately their race was cut short by a mechanical failure but they managed to collect a large amount of data.

“The race at Le Castellet was very useful, it allowed us to get into the groove and get used to the car.  Unfortunately we had to retire but we learnt a lot about the pit stops and the drivers change.  However, compared to the other Blancpain teams, we still have a lot of work to do.”

“I am very pleased to be Alex’s team mate and also to be part of Roberto Ravaglia’s ROAL Motorsport Team.  Roberto played an important role with BMW, in DTM and other touring car disciplines.  All the elements are there to get a good result this weekend, even if it will be a challenge to compete with the regular team, but we will do our best.”

Après sa première expérience dans une course de 24 Heures en janvier dernier à Daytona, Bruno disputera son deuxième double tour d’horloge ce week-end à l’occasion des mythiques 24 heures de Spa, où il fera équipe avec Alex Zanardi et Timo Glock au volant d’une BMW Z4 alignée par l’équipe ROAL Motorsport en collaboration avec BMW Motorsport.

Pour Bruno Spengler, il s’agit d’un événement fort dans sa carrière. « Il s’agira de ma deuxième course de 24 Heures. J’ai vraiment hâte d’y être, il s’agit d’une course historique. Ce sera un peu différent de Daytona puisque, à Spa, seuls les GT seront en piste, la course s’annonce très intéressante. Il y aura près de 60 voitures au départ. Nous avons peu d’expérience sur ce circuit, nous allons beaucoup apprendre. Le premier objectif sera de passer la nuit sans encombre, ensuite on pourra viser un quelconque résultat, mais il y aura beaucoup de paramètres inconnus ».

En juin dernier, les trois hommes avaient eu l’occasion d’effectuer une répétition générale en vue de Spa, en participant à la manche des Blancpain Endurance Series sur le circuit du Castellet. Une prestation malheureusement écourtée en raison d’un problème mécanique, mais qui avait tout de même permis à l’équipe d’emmagasiner des données importantes.

« C’était très bien de faire cette course au Castellet, cela nous a permis de prendre nos marques ensemble et avec la voiture. Nous avons malheureusement été contraints d’abandonner mais nous avons pu nous rôder, notamment au niveau des pit stops, des changements de pilotes. Mais nous avons encore des progrès à faire par rapport aux autres équipes du Blancpain ».

« Je suis heureux de faire équipe avec Alex, mais aussi de faire partie de l’équipe ROAL Motorsport de Roberto Ravaglia, qui a joué un rôle important en compétition avec BMW, en DTM notamment. Tous les ingrédients sont réunis pour bien faire, la tâche sera évidemment difficile face aux habitués du championnat, mais nous donnerons notre maximum ce week-end ».