An amazing return by BMW in the DTM with their M3 DTM cars in the tightly-contested German-based series, and Canadian driver Bruno Spengler finally landed his championship. Without a doubt, they are the number four in our top 20 moments countdown.
The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) is one that is both demanding on the drivers and teams plus is one of the best racing series around the globe. Based in Germany, the top manufacturers include Audi and Mercedes. In 2012, BMW returned after a 20 year absence and they conquered all three titles! Bruno Spengler grabbed his first championship in the series with four wins. BMW Team Schnitzer earned the team title while BMW walked away with the coveted manufacturers’ championship.
Their first win since 1992 came at Lausitzring in only the second event of the 2012 season. The Canadian and rival Gary Paffett from the Mercedes camp put on a great show for the fans that day; which was only the beginning of what became a hotly-contested battle all year.
After nine rounds in the record book, the season finale was held at Hockenheim where Spengler’s and BMW’s dream came true. It was not easy as Paffett held the points lead over Spengler. The outcome showed not only the desire of the Canadian, the team and BMW, but it also showed a strong team effort. Augusto Farfus started his BMW M3 on the pole, Spengler had to give it everything he could muster to grab the race lead at the start and keep Paffett behind him.
On a side note, many wanted to see Alex Zanardi back in auto racing but the Italian has elected not to make a comeback, even with BMW. Green has left Mercedes to chase for his first DTM title in 2013 with Audi. BMW will add two more M3 DTMs next year, one of the seats will be taken by Marco Wittman.