Bruno Spengler reduced the points gap to championship leader Gary Paffett to just three points ahead of the final race at Hockenheim. But the Canadian was upset after the race at Valencia in which he received a drive through penalty for jumping the start, something he described as unfair.
“The penalty was totally unfair. I was very upset at the time, but I quickly refocused as I knew that the race was long,” said Spengler.
The penalty dropped the BMW driver back to 15th position, a position he was able to improve to an impressive sixth position in the end.
“After the penalty I thought briefly my race was basically over. However, my team encouraged me and really stepped on it in the pit stops. That was one of the keys to my good result. It was important I left the last stop until quite late. That meant I had good tyres right to the end of the race and was able to attack again late on,” said Spengler.
Spengler closed in on title rival Paffett, who scored zero points at Valencia, for the fourth race in succession. One race remains at Hockenheim on the 21st of October.
“To be able to fight for the title in my first year with BMW is fantastic,” said Spengler.