After two podium finishes in Moscow two weeks earlier, Bruno Spengler did it again at Oschersleben this past weekend with a second place in Race 1. A 10th place in Race 2 the following day allowed the BMW driver to consolidate his 5th place in the DTM rankings.

Making use of free practice 1 to get into the groove, the Quebecois did the best time in Saturday’s free practice 2 (1’20″163) at the end of a session which had been postponed by a few hours because of severely reduced visibility owing to fog. Which in turn meant a qualifying session starting only 20 minutes later. The Canadian driver qualified 5th on the grid with a 1’19″927.

In Race 1, Spengler got a very good start, avoiding the first corner mêlée that involved four other cars. He quickly gained two positions and was in third place at the end of lap 1, before the first safety car. Come the restart the 2012 champion overtook Antonio Felix Da Costa’s BMW to gain second place before a new safety car period. When the race got going again, Spengler got right behind the race leader, MTEK BMW team mate Timo Glock. Bruno was happy with his second place.

“You don’t get to celebrate a one-two every day”, Bruno said on saturday. “This is a great result for my team. Congratulations to Timo Glock on his second DTM win. The whole performance from BMW was fantastic today. Everything went perfectly for us. I scored a lot of points and am now back in the title race in the Drivers’ Championship. We must still keep our feet on the ground but we have every reason to celebrate”.

The next day’s qualifying session was not as good. Spengler reached second place mid-session but was held up towards the end whilst other drivers improved their times. He wound up 10th on the grid for Race 2. During the race itself the #7 car constantly hovered around the top 10 and finally gained the last point available. He remains 5th in the championship.

“I actually lost Sunday’s race in qualifying, when I was held up. That meant I had to start from down in tenth place on the grid. From there it is difficult to make up many places on a track where it is very hard to overtake. What’s more, the pace of my car was not as good on Sunday as it was on Saturday. Looking ahead to the rest of the season. Amazing job from my Team ‪‎MTEK‬ and Great Points for ‪‎BMW‬ this Week end !! We keep on pushing”.After two podium finishes in Moscow two weeks earlier, Bruno Spengler did it again at Oschersleben this past weekend with a second place in Race 1. A 10th place in Race 2 the following day allowed the BMW driver to consolidate his 5th place in the DTM rankings.

Making use of free practice 1 to get into the groove, the Quebecois did the best time in Saturday’s free practice 2 (1’20″163) at the end of a session which had been postponed by a few hours because of severely reduced visibility owing to fog. Which in turn meant a qualifying session starting only 20 minutes later. The Canadian driver qualified 5th on the grid with a 1’19″927.

In Race 1, Spengler got a very good start, avoiding the first corner mêlée that involved four other cars. He quickly gained two positions and was in third place at the end of lap 1, before the first safety car. Come the restart the 2012 champion overtook Antonio Felix Da Costa’s BMW to gain second place before a new safety car period. When the race got going again, Spengler got right behind the race leader, MTEK BMW team mate Timo Glock. Bruno was happy with his second place.

“You don’t get to celebrate a one-two every day”, Bruno said on saturday. “This is a great result for my team. Congratulations to Timo Glock on his second DTM win. The whole performance from BMW was fantastic today. Everything went perfectly for us. I scored a lot of points and am now back in the title race in the Drivers’ Championship. We must still keep our feet on the ground but we have every reason to celebrate”.

The next day’s qualifying session was not as good. Spengler reached second place mid-session but was held up towards the end whilst other drivers improved their times. He wound up 10th on the grid for Race 2. During the race itself the #7 car constantly hovered around the top 10 and finally gained the last point available. He remains 5th in the championship.

“I actually lost Sunday’s race in qualifying, when I was held up. That meant I had to start from down in tenth place on the grid. From there it is difficult to make up many places on a track where it is very hard to overtake. What’s more, the pace of my car was not as good on Sunday as it was on Saturday. Looking ahead to the rest of the season. Amazing job from my Team ‪‎MTEK‬ and Great Points for ‪‎BMW‬ this Week end !! We keep on pushing”.

Après ses deux podiums décrochés quinze jours plus tôt sur le Moscow Raceway, Bruno Spengler a récidivé ce week-end sur le circuit d’Oschersleben, avec une deuxième place dans la course 1. Le pilote BMW, 10e de la course 2, consolide sa 5e place au classement du championnat.

Après avoir pris ses marques durant les essais libres 1, le pilote québécois signe le meilleur temps absolu des essais libres 2 du samedi matin avec un meilleur tour en 1’20’’163, à l’issue d’une séance reportée de quelques heures en raison du brouillard régnant sur Oschersleben le samedi matin. La séance qualificative pour la course 1 démarre à peine 20 minutes plus tard et le pilote Québécois décroche la 5e place sur la grille avec un chrono de 1’19’’927.

Au départ de la première manche, Bruno Spengler prend un très bon départ, évite la bousculade du premier virage, gagne rapidement deux places et pointe en 3e position au premier tour, avant la première neutralisation. Au redémarrage, le champion 2012 s’empare de la deuxième place après un dépassement sur la BMW d’Antonio Felix Da Costa, avant une nouvelle neutralisation derrière la voiture de sécurité. Lorsque la course est à nouveau relancée, le Canadien se place dans le sillage du leader de la course, son équipier du BMW Team MTEK, Timo Glock. Deuxième, Bruno Spengler se réjouissait de son résultat.

“Un double n’est pas quelque chose de fréquent”, commentait-il après la course. « C’est un très bon résultat pour mon équipe. La performance globale des BMW était fantastique. Tout s’est parfaitement passé pour nous. J’ai marqué de gros points et je suis maintenant de retour dans la course au titre. Nous devons garder les pieds sur terre mais nous avons toutes les raisons de célébrer ce résultat ».

Le lendemain, les qualifications se déroulent moins bien pour Bruno, qui pointe momentanément au 2e rang à mi-séance, mais qui est gêné dans les dernières minutes lorsque plusieurs pilotes améliorent : il décroche finalement la 10e place sur la grille pour la course 2. En course, le pilote de la BMW M4 n°7 évolue constamment aux portes du top 10, et finit par accrocher le point de la 10e place à l’arrivée. Il se maintient au 5e rang du classement du championnat.

« J’ai perdu toute chance de bon résultat dans la course 2 lorsque j’ai été gêné durant les qualifications, ce qui m’a fait démarrer de la 10e place sur la grille. A partir de là, il était difficile de reprendre beaucoup de positions sur cette piste où les dépassements sont compliqués. De plus, le rythme de ma voiture n’était pas aussi bon dimanche que samedi. Mais je me concentre sur la suite de la saison, et je remercie encore mon équipe MTEK, et je me réjouis des points décrochés par BMW ce week-end ».