After a long rest over the winter, the DTM championship started again at Hockenheim this past weekend. All the drivers were keen to put their skills into action. However, the weekend did not go according to plan for Bruno Spengler, with a 6th place on the Saturday and a DNF on the Sunday. Undeterred, the Canadian driver is determined to get better results in the next race, at the Spielberg circuit in Austria. Spengler spent the first part of the weekend getting into the groove, third fastest in free practice 1 with a 1’34’’782 at the wheel of his MTEK-run BMW M4 DTM car. His best time for free practice 2 was even better (1’34’’238), getting ready for Qualifying 1. The qualifying session was very intense and extremely tight and it proved disappointing for the Québecois driver who only got to 13th on the grid with a 1’34’’333. Race 1 saw Bruno take an excellent start as he dodged other cars and stayed out of trouble, getting up to 6th place early on, a position he was going to keep until the end of the race, thus earning his first points of the season.

“I am very happy to have made up so many places and scored valuable points after starting from 13th on the grid. Unfortunately, the left rear of my car was damaged in a collision with Mike Rockenfeller, and I was unable to match the pace of the front-runners. We must now look at where we can improve tomorrow, as we would probably have been lacking a bit of speed even without the damage to the car”.

On the next day, Spengler once again wound up 13th on the grid in qualifying 2 (1’34’’550). Eager to improve on his exploits from the previous day, the Canadian driver got a good start, getting into the top 10 in the first corner. Unfortunately, he then was the innocent victim of a chain reaction in the second corner and was violently spun around and pushed into the gravel trap before limping back into the pits where he had to finish his race.

“I had a very good start and could probably have been looking at a top-seven finish. I think I could have scored some good points. However, I was pushed off the track in turn two. At first I thought it was Esteban Ocon, because his car hit my BMW M4 DTM. However, there was not actually anything he could have done to avoid it. He was pushed from behind and then took me out. Therefore, I must apologise to him, as I was a bit annoyed at first. It was just very unlucky, and a real shame”.