After the good results and a podium obtained at the last two DTM meetings at the Norisring and Zandvoort, Bruno Spengler endured a tough weekend at the Red Bull Ring.

Following their winning streak in Holland, BMW got awarded additional ballast in Austria, according to DTM rules, and it complicated their weekend at a track full of inclines and the need for quick changes of direction.  Spengler, who was 6th in the rankings before the weekend, could not defend his championship hopes and neither could his team mates.

The BMW M4s proved to be off the pace from the outset and Bruno had to make do with 15th in qualifying for Race 1.  The Canadian driver made a good start in the race and started to pick his way through the field, getting as high as 8th.  However, lap after lap, the car’s lack of performance meant he started to go backwards and finished where he started, in 15th position.

“As far as race performance is concerned, that was a difficult race. Unfortunately things did not go so well for the first time this season. We struggled a bit with the balance. My start was very good, but after that it was not easy for me to maintain my position. We will have to look into how we can improve for tomorrow.”

On Sunday, the heavens opened over the circuit and the qualifying session took place in difficult conditions.  Visibility and variable grip levels were a concern in the pouring rain.  After a tough session Bruno lined up 20th on the grid.  During the race the BMW MTEK driver was amongst the last to go in for his mandatory tire change which allowed him to gain a few places.  Following various on track incidents he finished 15th, far from the results he had in mind.

“In these conditions, with the rain and spray, it was difficult to see anything. However, I have to say that we were clearly lacking speed in Spielberg. We were constantly battling out there on the track. We must now see what we can learn from this weekend, to make sure we improve for the next race in Moscow.”

This lack of points throughout the weekend means that Spengler loses two spots in the rankings.  He now stands 8th in the championship, still the top BMW.  The next race will take place at Moscow Raceway at the end of August.

After the good results and a podium obtained at the last two DTM meetings at the Norisring and Zandvoort, Bruno Spengler endured a tough weekend at the Red Bull Ring.

Following their winning streak in Holland, BMW got awarded additional ballast in Austria, according to DTM rules, and it complicated their weekend at a track full of inclines and the need for quick changes of direction.  Spengler, who was 6th in the rankings before the weekend, could not defend his championship hopes and neither could his team mates.

The BMW M4s proved to be off the pace from the outset and Bruno had to make do with 15th in qualifying for Race 1.  The Canadian driver made a good start in the race and started to pick his way through the field, getting as high as 8th.  However, lap after lap, the car’s lack of performance meant he started to go backwards and finished where he started, in 15th position.

“As far as race performance is concerned, that was a difficult race. Unfortunately things did not go so well for the first time this season. We struggled a bit with the balance. My start was very good, but after that it was not easy for me to maintain my position. We will have to look into how we can improve for tomorrow.”

On Sunday, the heavens opened over the circuit and the qualifying session took place in difficult conditions.  Visibility and variable grip levels were a concern in the pouring rain.  After a tough session Bruno lined up 20th on the grid.  During the race the BMW MTEK driver was amongst the last to go in for his mandatory tire change which allowed him to gain a few places.  Following various on track incidents he finished 15th, far from the results he had in mind.

“In these conditions, with the rain and spray, it was difficult to see anything. However, I have to say that we were clearly lacking speed in Spielberg. We were constantly battling out there on the track. We must now see what we can learn from this weekend, to make sure we improve for the next race in Moscow.”

This lack of points throughout the weekend means that Spengler loses two spots in the rankings.  He now stands 8th in the championship, still the top BMW.  The next race will take place at Moscow Raceway at the end of August.

Après deux solides meetings au Norisring puis à Zandvoort durant lesquels il avait accroché une place sur le podium, Bruno Spengler a connu un week-end compliqué sur le Red Bull Ring de Spielberg.

Après leur carton plein de Zandvoort, les BMW se sont vont attribuer un lest réglementaire, qui leur fut préjudiciable sur le tracé autrichien, fait de montées, de descentes, de relances et de virages rapides en appui. Tout comme ses équipiers, Bruno Spengler n’a pu défendre ses chances comme il l’espérait, lui qui occupait le 6e rang du championnat avant ce week-end.

Bien vite, les M4 se montraient en retrait et Bruno devait se contenter du 15e rang des qualifications pour la course 1. En course, le pilote canadien prenait un bon départ et remontait dans le classement, pointant momentanément au 8e rang. Mais, au fil des tours, le champion DTM 2012 rétrogradait, et concluait cette première manche au 15e rang.

« Au niveau de la performance en course, ce fut difficile. Malheureusement, les choses ne se sont pas vraiment bien passées pour la première fois cette saison, nous avons eu du mal avec le comportement de la voiture. Mon départ était très bon, mais après cela il était difficile pour moi de maintenir ma position. Nous devons voir comment nous pouvons progresser pour demain ».

Dimanche, la pluie s’invitait sur le circuit de Spielberg, et les qualifications se disputaient dans des conditions d’adhérence et de visibilité difficiles, et Bruno ne pouvait faire mieux que le 20e chrono de la séance qualificative. En course, le pilote MTEK BMW fut l’un des derniers à observer son changement de pneus obligatoire, ce qui lui permettait de gagner quelques places. Il concluait cependant la course à une nouvelle 15e place, qui ne reflète de loin pas ses ambitions.

« Dans ces conditions, avec la pluie et les projections d’eau, il était difficile de voir quoi que ce soit. Malgré tout, je dois dire que nous manquions clairement de compétitivité à Spielberg. Nous étions constamment en train de nous battre avec la voiture en piste. Nous devons maintenant voir ce que nous pouvons tirer de ce week-end, afin de progresser en vue de la prochaine course à Moscou ».

Après ce score vierge sur l’ensemble du week-end, Bruno perd deux rangs au classement du championnat. Il occupe la 8e position, toujours meilleur représentant BMW.

Les deux prochaines courses se disputeront fin août sur le Moskow Raceway.