For the first time in his life Bruno Spengler took part in the Sebring 12 Hours with the new BMW M6 GTLM, and finished the race second in class, along with co-drivers Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner.

After finishing 5th in Daytona at the end of January, Bruno and his co-drivers were really hoping to finish on the podium at Sebring. Indeed, BMW dominated the GTLM qualifying session with a pole position for Spengler’s nr 25 car (best time realized by Bill Auberlen), joined on the starting grid by the sister car nr 100, driven by Lucas Luhr, Kuno Wittmer and John Edwards.

The first hours of the race saw the BMWs at the head of the field, however the nr 25 lost the lead owing to a series of penalties, ultimately ending up two laps down.  Even though they led a great part of the race, near the end, after the pit stops and safety car periods, they had to concede victory to the Corvette C7.R driven by Oliver Gavin, Marcel Fassler and Tommy Milner.

The end of the race saw Bruno Spengler, Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner get second place, a few seconds behind the lead Corvette.  The weather made the race particularly hard to manage due to several rain showers and a red flag period of over two hours caused by violent thunderstorms.

“It was very tough from a driver’s point of view because when you are on slicks and then it starts raining and then stops and then starts again, you never know what to expect. It was also difficult on the pit wall for the team to know when I should come in. But they kept the faith, left me out on slicks and it was the right decision, so it was a great job from them. For me it was important not to make mistakes, and so I was happy with my stints.”

Bruno Spengler will now focus on his DTM season with BMW, starting at Hockenheim on May 7th and 8th.

For the first time in his life Bruno Spengler took part in the Sebring 12 Hours with the new BMW M6 GTLM, and finished the race second in class, along with co-drivers Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner.

After finishing 5th in Daytona at the end of January, Bruno and his co-drivers were really hoping to finish on the podium at Sebring. Indeed, BMW dominated the GTLM qualifying session with a pole position for Spengler’s nr 25 car (best time realized by Bill Auberlen), joined on the starting grid by the sister car nr 100, driven by Lucas Luhr, Kuno Wittmer and John Edwards.

The first hours of the race saw the BMWs at the head of the field, however the nr 25 lost the lead owing to a series of penalties, ultimately ending up two laps down.  Even though they led a great part of the race, near the end, after the pit stops and safety car periods, they had to concede victory to the Corvette C7.R driven by Oliver Gavin, Marcel Fassler and Tommy Milner.

The end of the race saw Bruno Spengler, Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner get second place, a few seconds behind the lead Corvette.  The weather made the race particularly hard to manage due to several rain showers and a red flag period of over two hours caused by violent thunderstorms.

“It was very tough from a driver’s point of view because when you are on slicks and then it starts raining and then stops and then starts again, you never know what to expect. It was also difficult on the pit wall for the team to know when I should come in. But they kept the faith, left me out on slicks and it was the right decision, so it was a great job from them. For me it was important not to make mistakes, and so I was happy with my stints.”

Bruno Spengler will now focus on his DTM season with BMW, starting at Hockenheim on May 7th and 8th.