It took BMW only two races to score their first DTM win since 1992. Then it was Roberto Ravaglia representing BMW on top of the podium, the name of the new BMW winner is Bruno Spengler.
“Today is a dream come true for me. I am so happy I just want to give everyone at BMW Team Schnitzer a big hug. That was a perfect weekend for me: the first DTM pole position for BMW for 20 years, then the first victory since 1992. This is one of the best days of my life,” said Spengler.
The Canadian started from pole position and kept the lead throughout the race despite hard pressure from Mercedes driver Gary Paffett.
“The race was unbelievable. We had a really tough battle with the Mercedes drivers, and did everything in our power to stay in front of them. Thankfully it worked. The final lap was the longest of my career. My team and I did not put a foot wrong today. That was definitely the crucial factor. One thing is certain: it is time for a celebration,” said Spengler.
BMW Team Schnitzer Team Principal Charly Lamm was part of BMW’s effort last time and was overjoyed to be back in the DTM winner’s circle.
“This is simply fantastic. The DTM is so challenging and the bar has been set so high. Despite this, however, we first claimed pole and then clinched the first victory in only our second race – that is indescribable. It was an unbelievably exciting race. Bruno was consistently under pressure and could not afford to make a single mistake. It is sensational what he did out there. He has nerves of steel. I said in the past that it would come down to stability, strategy and pit stops. That was the case today, and it all worked perfectly for us. Thanks not only to Bruno, but also to every single person in the team. This success is the reward for the hard work they have put in in recent months,” said Lamm.
The joy was double for BMW today as Augusto Farfus Jr. made it two M3s on the podium after fending off attacks from Jamie Green over third position.
“This is only my second DTM race and we are a very young team in the series. That makes it all the more amazing to finish on the podium at the second race. I feel really great. I am very happy to be able to bring the car to the finish without any mistakes even though I had Jamie Green pushing me for a lot of laps. But I just made sure I stayed calm and made no mistakes. Thanks also to BMW Team RBM for two fantastic pit stops,” said Farfus.
Thanks to the victory, Spengler climbs to third in the championship and Farfus to fifth. DTM continues at Brands Hatch on May 20th.