Twice this past weekend the Canadian driver fought against the leaders during the antepenultimate meeting of the season. Even if luck was not always on his side in the Eifel, Spengler showed he had the pace to be at the front.

Three weeks earlier, Bruno had won his first podium of the season, with a third place at Moscow Raceway. At the Nurburgring, he showed he had the potential to do it again.

Saturday qualifying saw Bruno take the 9th best time, just less than 4000ths of a second from the pole sitter. He got a good start in the first race, gaining several positions during the first laps, before closing on the top 5. He attempted to overtake Daniel Juncadella’s Mercedes when disaster struck: the two cars touched, just enough to send Juncadella into a spin. The stewards decided Bruno was at fault and gave him a drive through penalty. As a result, he re-joined at the back and finished 17th.

“My start was good. I made up some places and was able to go with Daniel Juncadella. The pace was generally okay up to the middle of the race. Unfortunately, I then saw a gap and tried to overtake Juncadella. The wheels locked up and I really tried to stay on my line. Unfortunately, the front axle got away from me a little and I made slight contact with him. There was absolutely no intent and I have apologised to him. The penalty was harsh, but you have to accept it and focus on tomorrow.”

Undeterred, the next day, Spengler started the qualifying session observing his competitors before getting on track himself to reach the second row with a third place.

Once again Bruno got an excellent start behind his team mate Marco Wittman. He pitted on lap 16, coming back on track behind Lucas Auer, poleman and race leader. After moving over for championship leader Marco Wittman, Spengler had to face some feisty Audis, all on new tires. Edoardo Mortara, Matthias Ekström and Nico Müller managed to overtake the 2012 champion and Spengler saw the chequered flag in 6th position.

“It was an exciting race. The other teams were a bit stronger than us over the whole distance, but we still finished in the points, which was a good result. My guys did a great job again in the pit stop. Overall, this was a positive weekend and we improved once again. But, as we prepare for the next races, it is important for us to analyse why we weren’t fast enough over the whole distance.”