Bruno Spengler found his way back to the top step of the podium in Race 2 at the Norisring, in the streets of Nuremberg, after being within grasp of the podium on the Saturday, but for a safety car deployment once again. He is now up to 4th in the championship.

This weekend the Canadian driver came back to one of his favourite circuits, where he took his first DTM victory in 2006 and where he went on to win four more times since.

Already, in free practice, the Québécois showed his talent by being 7th in FP1 and 3rd in FP2. Gaining the fourth spot on the grid in Qualifying 1, he got promoted to third thanks to the penalty given to Loic Duval.

In Race 1, Spengler got a perfect start, positioning himself behind the leader. But the deployment of the safety car a few minutes later completely ruined his strategy, promoting instead the drivers who had gambled on an early pit stop. Temporarily pushed outside the top 10 after his own pit stop, he managed to get up to 5th by the end of the race.

Undeterred, Bruno started the next day with the bit between his teeth, and got 5th position in Qualifying 2.

At the beginning of Race 2, in front of the 100,000 fans sat in the grand stands, the #7 BMW leapt forward and took the lead in the first corner! In a fast-paced and intense race, Spengler barely got any challenges and took his first win in two years, which allowed him to climb to 4th place in the championship.

“For sure, it’s a very special feeling, I felt so emotional I was shaking. Our first race of the weekend was undone by the safety car once again. We could have had a podium but were denied it. The car offered a steady performance even though a few minor details needed looking at.”

“I claimed the lead in Race 2, even though I had qualified 5th. The car’s excellent performance allowed me to stay in the lead and build a gap to the guys behind me. I thank my team for all the excellent work.”

“This was a very positive weekend, which allowed me to get up to 4th in the championship. I could have been on the podium more often this season if it had not been for the deployment of the safety car. We are now keeping a positive outlook for the next races.”