BMW enjoys most successful DTM weekend of the year.
Oschersleben (DE) remains a happy stomping ground for BMW Motorsport. After 11 victories in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, Sunday saw a BMW driver climb onto the top step of the podium there in the DTM: Bruno Spengler (CA).
The Canadian, at the wheel of the BMW Bank M3 DTM, secured the third win of the season, the 52nd triumph for BMW in the DTM, and BMW Team Schnitzer’s 20th success in the series. Dirk Werner (DE) and Augusto Farfus (BR) also picked up points, finishing fourth and fifth and ensuring BMW enjoyed its most successful DTM weekend of the year, leaving Oschersleben with a booty of 47 points.
Three questions for… Bruno Spengler.
Bruno, what does your third win of the season mean to you?
Bruno Spengler: “A huge amount. I am really happy with the way the entire race weekend panned out. We arrived at Oschersleben not knowing exactly how we would cope here. This is quite a unique circuit and the opposition was very strong. I had to fight all the way to bring home the victory after claiming pole position on Saturday. I’d like to thank BMW Team Schnitzer for doing a great job. It is a sensational success for us.”
How much pressure did you feel, having championship leader Gary Paffett breathing down your neck?
Spengler: “It is precisely for wins like this that I became a racing driver. I need that special pressure, when your rival is breathing down your neck and you have to be at your very best to keep him at bay. To be honest, I don’t actually see it as pressure. For me, it is more of a motivation to go even faster.
I need that in order to produce my best performances. That is how it was in this race. When Gary started catching me, I just tried to avoid making any mistakes, hit the braking points accurately and remain focussed. I thought to myself: ‘Don’t let him pass you’. Thankfully I managed to hold him off.”
On the podium you held your two index fingers to your head like two devil’s horns. What did you mean by that?
Spengler: “When I crossed the finish line in first place at the Nürburgring, my engineer said: ‘Awesome! You drove like a devil!’ That is why I made that gesture. I would really like to show it off more often at presentation ceremonies.”
Source: BMW Motorsport