Bruno Spengler is among the few drivers who scored points in both races this past weekend at the Hockenheim DTM season opener.

After a long winter, he was finally reunited with his Team RBM BMW M4 #7.

On the Saturday the Canadian qualified in 8th position with a 1’32”776 (5/10ths from pole position). He gained two spots during the race and finished 6th, starting the season with a solid points finish.

The next day he qualified in 14th position but the stewards accused him of blocking Juncadella’s Mercedes and gave him a 5-place penalty, making him start from the back of the grid.

“Our qualifying performance was rather good on the Saturday but it was a lot harder for us on the Sunday. Starting from last did not help. I did my best to avoid blocking Daniel, tried to get out of the way, but I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and I was given a very harsh penalty.”

He started Sunday’s race with the bit firmly between his teeth, gaining several places during the first laps before opting for an offset strategy with a very long first stint. He was the last driver to pit for new tires, with a particularly quick pit stop from the Team RBM mechanics.

With his new tires on he made up more places and did the fastest lap towards the end of the race. He finished the race in 8th position again, the driver who made up the most positions during the race.

“The car was well-balanced and ran well in the race, especially on used tires, which allowed us to opt for a very late pit stop. Once on the new tires I managed to attack in the last laps and finished 8th, those points were the team’s reward, especially the mechanics who performed the fastest pit stop in the race.”

“It was a good weekend all round, we ran an entertaining race and we now need to focus on the car one-lap performance in order to qualify higher on the grid. There are a lot of positives to glean from this race and now we need to prepare for the next ones.”

Spengler is currently 8th in the championship.

The next races will take place at the Lauzitsring on May 19 & 20.