Despite a podium finish with a third place in Race 2, Spengler feels he was robbed on the Saturday when a crash forced him to retire for the first time this season.

Exceptionally, both free practice sessions took place on the Friday, with all BMW drivers struggling to find pace.  However, the qualifying session on Saturday morning saw a change in pace for the BMW M4 and Bruno wound up 4th on the grid with a 1’22’’032 lap.

In Race 1 the Quebecois driver got a good start, catching race leader Maxime Martin’s BMW’s slipstream.  Over the next few laps he countered aggressive attacks from Audi’s Edoardo Mortara who eventually forced his way down the inside at Turn 1.  The resulting heavy contact broke Spengler’s aerodynamics.  At the wheel of a damaged car, swamped by the pack, the 2012 champion eventually drove back to the pits with a slow puncture, his first DNF of the season.

“Naturally I am extremely disappointed that the incident with Edoardo Mortara cost me the race”, Bruno said on Saturday. “I was already in the corner, so was unable to let him just go through. If I hadn’t been in this position, he wouldn’t have made the corner. My car was so badly damaged by the collision that it was impossible to continue. There were other incidents later on, but they didn’t have much of an effect. Overall our performance wasn’t good enough. We’ll definitely have to do better tomorrow. Today’s race was total chaos”.

The next day, eager for a better result, Spengler showed his strength again in qualifying with a 5th place on the grid (1’21’’049).  A good start saw him get up to fourth place then third when he overtook Tom Blomqvist’s BMW.  He would finish the race in third place.  This podium allowed him to get 4th in the championship standings but his joy is mixed with regrets at what might have been.  If he hadn’t been forced to retire from Race 1, Bruno could have challenged Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes) for the title at the Hockenheim finale, as the Audi drivers, Mortara and Ekstrom did not get any points in Race 2.

“It was a fantastic race. I’m especially pleased for my BMW Team MTEK mechanics that I was able to pick up points finishing third today. My car was very badly damaged after my accident yesterday. But my guys did a brilliant job and repaired the car in time for the race today. The BMW Bank M4 DTM felt fantastic and was very strong throughout the entire race. I am extremely happy with my podium position. Now I am looking forward to the season finale in Hockenheim in three weeks”.

Despite a podium finish with a third place in Race 2, Spengler feels he was robbed on the Saturday when a crash forced him to retire for the first time this season.

Exceptionally, both free practice sessions took place on the Friday, with all BMW drivers struggling to find pace.  However, the qualifying session on Saturday morning saw a change in pace for the BMW M4 and Bruno wound up 4th on the grid with a 1’22’’032 lap.

In Race 1 the Quebecois driver got a good start, catching race leader Maxime Martin’s BMW’s slipstream.  Over the next few laps he countered aggressive attacks from Audi’s Edoardo Mortara who eventually forced his way down the inside at Turn 1.  The resulting heavy contact broke Spengler’s aerodynamics.  At the wheel of a damaged car, swamped by the pack, the 2012 champion eventually drove back to the pits with a slow puncture, his first DNF of the season.

“Naturally I am extremely disappointed that the incident with Edoardo Mortara cost me the race”, Bruno said on Saturday. “I was already in the corner, so was unable to let him just go through. If I hadn’t been in this position, he wouldn’t have made the corner. My car was so badly damaged by the collision that it was impossible to continue. There were other incidents later on, but they didn’t have much of an effect. Overall our performance wasn’t good enough. We’ll definitely have to do better tomorrow. Today’s race was total chaos”.

The next day, eager for a better result, Spengler showed his strength again in qualifying with a 5th place on the grid (1’21’’049).  A good start saw him get up to fourth place then third when he overtook Tom Blomqvist’s BMW.  He would finish the race in third place.  This podium allowed him to get 4th in the championship standings but his joy is mixed with regrets at what might have been.  If he hadn’t been forced to retire from Race 1, Bruno could have challenged Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes) for the title at the Hockenheim finale, as the Audi drivers, Mortara and Ekstrom did not get any points in Race 2.

“It was a fantastic race. I’m especially pleased for my BMW Team MTEK mechanics that I was able to pick up points finishing third today. My car was very badly damaged after my accident yesterday. But my guys did a brilliant job and repaired the car in time for the race today. The BMW Bank M4 DTM felt fantastic and was very strong throughout the entire race. I am extremely happy with my podium position. Now I am looking forward to the season finale in Hockenheim in three weeks”.