The Canadian drove his way to victory at the Norisring last Saturday at the end of a powerful race, giving BMW their first win of the season. He tried to replicate his success on Sunday and might have done so if it had not been for a coming together with Loïc Duval.

The Norisring is one of Spengler’s favorite circuits and he had already won there on three occasions (including his first DTM win in 2006). This year, he showed his enthusiasm as soon as he arrived, topping the sheets in Free Practice 1.  Free Practice 2 saw him in 6th position and he almost took pole position but had to settle for third on the grid.

Bruno made a perfect start, surging between Martin and Rast off the line, to take the lead in the first corner. The timing of Spengler’s pit stop was a tricky call given the race had started in the rain and by lap 20 the track was drying fast. He emerged from the pits in the lead but under intense pressure from Maxime Martin who had pitted earlier and was on fully warmed up tires. Once Spengler’s own tires had come up to temperature, he was able to pull away and consolidated his lead to take a popular win. It was a long time coming as he had not been on the top step in four years and his win was BMW’s first win in 2017.

“I am absolutely delighted with this win. This is my fourth victory at the Norisring – and the first win here for 25 years for BMW. I am very proud to have achieved that today – and am really pleased for the whole team. They have worked so hard for this, and it has not always been easy for us. However, it finally worked out today. We can really enjoy this now.”

Sunday saw Spengler show the same level of performance as he qualified 4th on the grid. He effortlessly made his way into second position at the start of the race.

BMW Team RBM opted for an early pit stop, which proved a good strategy as the Canadian driver climbed through the ranks as the other drivers were observing their own pit stops. As he got to the leading group Spengler attempted to overtake Duval who was still to pit. The Audi driver gave him no room as they went side by side through the esses, hitting his right front tire which caused an immediate puncture. After a second, unscheduled, pit stop, Spengler came back in 12th position where he finished the race.

He could have been in the top 5 but having lost some good points on the Sunday, Spengler is now 12th in the championship as he prepares for the next race in Moscow on July 22 and 23.