Bruno Spengler climbed on the podium for the third time this season to find himself 9th in the championship at Moscow Raceway (5th DTM round).

He got his first podium of the season at the Hungaroring, then a win at the Norisring, before continuing in the same vein with a third place in Moscow.

The Canadian driver used the free practice sessions on the first day to establish a solid setup for the race runs but only got up to 11th in qualifying, unable to do a final run due to that session being red-flagged.

Race 1 saw the 2012 champion and his team, BMW Team RBM, opt for the right strategy. Unfortunately, the M4 #7 was tucked behind Nico Müller’s Audi for too long during the last part of the race and finally saw the chequered flag in 12th position, outside the points.

The Sunday however was a different story. Bruno’s team did a lot of work on his car to the extent that he missed pole position by a hair breadth. His luck was in as the poleman was disqualified and Spengler was moved up into pole position.

After defending his position into Turn 1, the Québécois opened up a lead, before coming under pressure from Mattias Ekström’s Audi. A safety car period looked likely to deny Spengler any chance of a podium finish as it helped the drivers who had opted for early pit stops.

Spengler’s own pit stop saw him re-join the track in 10th position but he moved his way up the ranks, finally taking third place after passing both Wittman and Green in an animated fight at the last corner, one lap from home.

“I had a great car in qualifying, so many thanks to my guys for that. The race was tough and we were unlucky with the safety car. However, we didn’t end up suffering as badly as we initially feared. I don’t think we would have been able to win the race under normal circumstances either. It was a fierce battle on the final laps and I tried to make it onto the podium somehow, which I managed.”

The next DTM round will take place in Zandvoort on August 19th and 20th.