The third round of the DTM championship saw Bruno Spengler climb on the podium again in Hungary.

The results obtained since the beginning of the season were far from what the Canadian driver was hoping for but this past weekend, he had the opportunity to take advantage of BMW Team RBM’s excellent strategy.

The Black Beast and his team experienced problems in qualifying so decided to make the mandatory tire change at the end of the first lap. Then, as the safety car came out to allow for Maxime Martin’s crippled BMW to be removed from the track, Bruno came back into the pits to put on another set of tires.

This proved to be a good bet: as soon as Spengler re-joined the back of the pack, he started gaining position after position as the other drivers observed their mandatory pit stop. Bruno got up to third and finished the race in this position but not before winning  a nail-biting fight against Mike Rockenfeller’s Audi.

“That was a tough race, in which we were also a bit lucky. But we had a great strategy. It was a fantastic performance from my team, taking the risk of stopping a second time in the safety car phase. But it was necessary since I had stopped on the very first lap and it would have been very difficult to finish the race without stopping. A big thank you to the team for their courage and the good pit stops. It was very difficult to defend against Mike Rockenfeller at the end. He put me under a lot of pressure, but I gave it my all to bring home the podium for the entire team.” 

The next day saw another difficult qualifying session for the Québécois driver, starting from the back of the grid for Race 2. Unfortunately, this time there was no safety car to allow for another strategy. The 2012 champion only managed to make up a few positions and finished 14th.

“Many things didn’t quite go according to plan today. Unfortunately, our strategy in qualifying didn’t work out, which is why I had to start from way down the field. You need to take risks from a position like that. That worked for us yesterday. But today I didn’t think that it would work twice in a row. Which is why I played it safe. In the end, we were only able to get 14th place.”