Bruno Spengler ends the season on a bittersweet note.  As much as he took pride in helping BMW win the manufacturers’ trophy, he cannot help feeling disappointed at not having finished in the top 3.

Even though it was still mathematically possible for Spengler to have a go at the title before the Hockenheim finale, it was only a very slim chance and Spengler was focussing more on finishing among the top three drivers.

However, it was not to be.  On Saturday the 2012 champion barely reached the top of the screens, whether in free practice or qualifying, eventually ending up 18th on the grid.  He made a good start to the race, gaining several positions.  As he zeroed in on a top 10 spot, he closed in on Adrien Tambay’s Audi into Turn 2.  Unfortunately the pair made light contact resulting in Tambay being spun around and Bruno consequently being given a drive-through penalty.  He would eventually retire (his second DNF of the season), owing to damage at the front of the car.

“There is not a lot to say about the race. I was penalised for what I believe was a normal racing incident. There were a lot of incidents in this race that were not punished, but mine was. But, that is life. Tomorrow is a new day.”

On Sunday the BMW M4 performed better but Edoardo Mortara got in his way during a hot lap in Race 2 qualifying.  Initially confident to start in the top 10, Spengler had to make do with 15th.

He made a good start once again and a few positions in the first lap.  The Canadian went into the pits on lap 13 for a tire change, then onwards and forwards, up into the top 10, to finally finish in 8th position.

To their credit BMW steered clear of all the team order controversies that have played such a big part in the other manufacturers’ campaigns.  The race wins and top 3 finishes by various BMW drivers contributed to their manufacturers’ championship, and Bruno, once again showed his value to the marque by finishing as the top BMW runner in the drivers’ standings.

 “It is superb for us to have won this title. We have not had an easy year, but made the most of our opportunities. The Manufacturers’ title is a fantastic reward for the mechanics and everyone in the team, who all did their very best to bring this difficult season to a happy end. Unfortunately our performance here in Hockenheim was not good enough to give me a chance of ending the season on the podium in the Drivers’ Championship, but I’ll get over that easily today.”Bruno Spengler ends the season on a bittersweet note.  As much as he took pride in helping BMW win the manufacturers’ trophy, he cannot help feeling disappointed at not having finished in the top 3.

Even though it was still mathematically possible for Spengler to have a go at the title before the Hockenheim finale, it was only a very slim chance and Spengler was focussing more on finishing among the top three drivers.

However, it was not to be.  On Saturday the 2012 champion barely reached the top of the screens, whether in free practice or qualifying, eventually ending up 18th on the grid.  He made a good start to the race, gaining several positions.  As he zeroed in on a top 10 spot, he closed in on Adrien Tambay’s Audi into Turn 2.  Unfortunately the pair made light contact resulting in Tambay being spun around and Bruno consequently being given a drive-through penalty.  He would eventually retire (his second DNF of the season), owing to damage at the front of the car.

“There is not a lot to say about the race. I was penalised for what I believe was a normal racing incident. There were a lot of incidents in this race that were not punished, but mine was. But, that is life. Tomorrow is a new day.”

On Sunday the BMW M4 performed better but Edoardo Mortara got in his way during a hot lap in Race 2 qualifying.  Initially confident to start in the top 10, Spengler had to make do with 15th.

He made a good start once again and a few positions in the first lap.  The Canadian went into the pits on lap 13 for a tire change, then onwards and forwards, up into the top 10, to finally finish in 8th position.

To their credit BMW steered clear of all the team order controversies that have played such a big part in the other manufacturers’ campaigns.  The race wins and top 3 finishes by various BMW drivers contributed to their manufacturers’ championship, and Bruno, once again showed his value to the marque by finishing as the top BMW runner in the drivers’ standings.

 “It is superb for us to have won this title. We have not had an easy year, but made the most of our opportunities. The Manufacturers’ title is a fantastic reward for the mechanics and everyone in the team, who all did their very best to bring this difficult season to a happy end. Unfortunately our performance here in Hockenheim was not good enough to give me a chance of ending the season on the podium in the Drivers’ Championship, but I’ll get over that easily today.”Déçu de n’avoir pu terminer la saison dans le top 3 du classement final du championnat pilote, Bruno Spengler est heureux d’avoir contribué au titre constructeur décroché par BMW à l’issue des deux dernières manches du championnat DTM sur le circuit de Hockenheim.