For the first time this season, the Canadian driver ended the weekend without a single point, due to a penalty in Race 1 and a technical problem in Race 2.

After his victory at the Norisring a fortnight earlier, Spengler (4th in the championship before Assen) was keen to keep up the good work at the Dutch meeting.

In Race 1, Spengler qualified 8th on the grid. The drivers enjoyed dry weather in free practice but the heavens opened just before the start of Race 1. After three laps behind the safety car, the race finally started. Bruno lightly tapped the rear of Sheldon van der Linde’s BMW, who spun off. The Québécois received a drive-through penalty for this and ended up at the back of the field. He finished the race in fifteenth position.

“I found myself in an unfortunate situation. I touched Sheldon’s car ever so slightly in Turn 5 and was given a drive-through penalty which was a bit harsh in my opinion, as other similar incidents happened during the race and went unpunished. We were driving in wet conditions and I was caught unawares by the other drivers slamming down on the brakes ahead of me. The contact with Sheldon was very light but, on a wet track, it was enough to send him spinning as he lost his grip. I am really sorry about this. Well done Marco (Wittmann) and BMW Team RMG for their win in Race 1, once again everybody did a sterling job.”

The next day saw Spengler suffer from bad luck early on, as he encountered technical problems in qualifying. The 2012 champion lined up 12th on the grid. Things did not get better in the race for the BMW DTM M4 #7, as there was no way Spengler could defend his position and the technical issues were such that he could not finish the race and finished the weekend without points.

“I was blighted by technical problems in qualifying 2 and did not manage better than 12th. Because of the Parc Fermé rules we were not allowed to work on the car to try and rectify the issue. We decided to take the start and give it a try anyway. Unfortunately, the problem got worse and my steering was pulling to the left, for unknown reasons, which obliged me to go back to the pits and call it a day.”

Bruno Spengler is currently 6th in the championship. The next round will take place at Brands Hatch on the 10th and 11th of August.