In less than 100 days BMW Motorsport will get its fifth DTM season since its comeback in 2012 underway with the opening race in Hockenheim (DE). But even when there are no races, the BMW drivers don’t sit back and relax. Bruno Spengler (CA) took on the ultimate challenge on ice and snow last weekend. At the Winter Challenge hosted by BMW Bank, one of BMW Motorsport’s premium partners, the Canadian took on biathlon idol Fritz Fischer (DE) and luge legend Georg Hackl (DE), each with a team made up of fans. In an interview, Bruno talks about the event and his love of winter sports.
 
Bruno, you are totally crazy about sport, so the BMW Bank Winter Challenge must have been a dream come true for you…
Bruno Spengler: “Absolutely! The scenery at Königssee and in Saalfelden alone, which was the backdrop for this exceptional competition, was fantastic. To set the mood, on the first evening, we held an ice kart challenge and went on a torch-lit hike to an Alpine meadow. This encouraged real team spirit. Then the actual competition day was on Saturday. We competed in three disciplines – a biathlon, luge and in a BMW Driving Experience. It was a fantastic experience to line up against Fritz and Georg. They are legends in their sports. They have won a combined total of eight medals at the Olympic Games and have been world champions 12 times. That is an impressive record. And they are both fantastic people. We got on really well. Despite the cold temperatures, a lot of sweat was flowing, as was plenty of adrenalin. The three of us are extremely competitive people who always give 100 percent and want to win. In the end, Fritz and his team just edged it, but the result is not that important. The focus was on fun, and we had plenty of that at the Winter Challenge. There was a lot of laughter. The prize-giving ceremony hosted by Magdalena Neuner in the mountain village of Priesteregg in the evening was a fantastic surprise and a brilliant way to round off the event for everyone involved.”
Does this type of competition help you keep fit for the upcoming DTM season, even though the focus is on fun?
Spengler: “Definitely, every type of sporting activity helps prepare for the season. If you aren’t fit, you have no chance in the DTM. You can only win races when you are at your peak both physically and mentally. That’s why I always go full throttle in winter. When cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in Canada, I lay the foundations for the season in terms of endurance. However, my perfect sport is biathlon. The shooting exercises help me remain focussed, even when my pulse rate is extremely high.”

In less than 100 days BMW Motorsport will get its fifth DTM season since its comeback in 2012 underway with the opening race in Hockenheim (DE). But even when there are no races, the BMW drivers don’t sit back and relax. Bruno Spengler (CA) took on the ultimate challenge on ice and snow last weekend. At the Winter Challenge hosted by BMW Bank, one of BMW Motorsport’s premium partners, the Canadian took on biathlon idol Fritz Fischer (DE) and luge legend Georg Hackl (DE), each with a team made up of fans. In an interview, Bruno talks about the event and his love of winter sports.
 
Bruno, you are totally crazy about sport, so the BMW Bank Winter Challenge must have been a dream come true for you…
Bruno Spengler: “Absolutely! The scenery at Königssee and in Saalfelden alone, which was the backdrop for this exceptional competition, was fantastic. To set the mood, on the first evening, we held an ice kart challenge and went on a torch-lit hike to an Alpine meadow. This encouraged real team spirit. Then the actual competition day was on Saturday. We competed in three disciplines – a biathlon, luge and in a BMW Driving Experience. It was a fantastic experience to line up against Fritz and Georg. They are legends in their sports. They have won a combined total of eight medals at the Olympic Games and have been world champions 12 times. That is an impressive record. And they are both fantastic people. We got on really well. Despite the cold temperatures, a lot of sweat was flowing, as was plenty of adrenalin. The three of us are extremely competitive people who always give 100 percent and want to win. In the end, Fritz and his team just edged it, but the result is not that important. The focus was on fun, and we had plenty of that at the Winter Challenge. There was a lot of laughter. The prize-giving ceremony hosted by Magdalena Neuner in the mountain village of Priesteregg in the evening was a fantastic surprise and a brilliant way to round off the event for everyone involved.”
Does this type of competition help you keep fit for the upcoming DTM season, even though the focus is on fun?
Spengler: “Definitely, every type of sporting activity helps prepare for the season. If you aren’t fit, you have no chance in the DTM. You can only win races when you are at your peak both physically and mentally. That’s why I always go full throttle in winter. When cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in Canada, I lay the foundations for the season in terms of endurance. However, my perfect sport is biathlon. The shooting exercises help me remain focussed, even when my pulse rate is extremely high.”