The BMW Team RBM driver was hoping to score big during the opening round of the DTM championship in Hockenheim. Unfortunately, an unexpected bout of rain on the Sunday afternoon ruined his strategy and prevented him from finishing in the top 5.

After finding a good rhythm in free practice on Friday and Saturday morning, the Canadian driver qualified 13th on the grid for Race 1. Saturday’s race saw him running in the top 10 for a while but he had to settle for a 12th place finish.

“Although we did not quite manage to make an impression on the first day, the team worked very hard after the race and we found solutions that really improved the car’s performance on the Sunday.”

Indeed, things did improve on the Sunday for the Québécois driver when he posted 4th fastest time in free practice. The qualifying session took place on a drying track after a spell of rain. Bruno was on provisional pole but lost out as he was not the last driver to complete his lap in fast improving conditions. He qualified 6th on the grid for Race 2.

After a good start, Spengler got up to 4th before losing ground as his immediate opponents made full use of the DRS. He kept a good pace and chose an aggressive strategy, pitting on the 12th lap to put on a fresh set of tires just as the first drops of rain started to fall.

Suddenly the rain became heavier, ruining the strategy of the #7 BMW as Spengler was forced to pit a second time to put on full wet tires. Bruno remained nevertheless in the top 10, seeing the checkered flag in 9th position and scoring his first two points of the season.

“Luck played a key role in today’s race. Unfortunately, it was not on our side. We came into the pits and fitted a new set of slicks, which was the right strategy at the time. Unfortunately, it started to rain shortly after that, and we had to come in again. That cost us a few points today. However, that is part and parcel of motorsport – sometimes you are lucky, sometimes unlucky. It is obviously disappointing, because the team did a super job to continue to improve the car. I will now focus fully on the next race.”