Bruno Spengler secured a new podium finish for BMW as the DTM raced at Brands Hatch. The Canadian started third and finished second.
“I am very happy with this second place. Gary Paffett was very quick, particularly in the first stint. Despite this, I was able to hang on to his coattails. It reminded me of my win at the Lausitzring, but with the roles reversed,” said Spengler.
The BMW driver made a strong final part of the race after his second pitstop, gaining on race leader Gary Paffett. But Spengler wasn’t able to get close enough and had to defend from Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller after sustaining damage on the front splitter.
“It was a tough race. You do not have much time to take a breather in the cockpit. The team was brilliant again. The second stop was particularly good. My front-left splitter broke towards the end of the race, which made things a bit exciting. But we did enough,” said Spengler.
Spengler is currently second in the championship on 43 points, with Paffett in the lead on 68 points and Mattias Ekström as best Audi driver in third on 35 points.
“The season has been great so far. The three manufacturers are extremely evenly matched, which makes it fun for us drivers as well as the fans,” said Spengler.
BMW-Team-Schnitzer is second in the teams championship, with a happy Team Principal Charly Lamm.
“That was another really impressive race from Bruno. It is unbelievable that we have finished on the podium in two of the three races. BMW has built a really fantastic car. I think today’s podium finish also makes a great birthday present for Jens Marquardt,” said Lamm.