Montreal, Canada, September 3rd, 2003 -- Canadian Bruno Spengler -- the reigning champion of the North American Fran-Am Series and works Mercedes-Benz driver -- will contest this weekend his 8th and 9th Formula 3 races of the season on the A1 Ring circuit located in the picturesque mountains of Austria.
A rookie in the Euro Formula 3 series, Spengler was injured in a pre-season crash in Dijon, France this past March. Suffering from a broken vertebrae, Spengler was forced to miss the opening two rounds of the Euro F3 series as well as the prestigious Pau invitational race. Back in top shape, the 19-year old driver performed strongly in his maiden F3 races in Norisring, Germany in June but he was the victim of two collisions. He then finished a remarkable 3rd in Le Mans, France, crossed the line in 27th position at the F3 Master in Zandvoort, Holland after he was forced to leave the track to avoid a spinning car, and captured 4th place at the Nurburging, August 17.
"I'm definitely missing some valuable seat time but I'm making quick progress," said Spengler, a member of the famed Mercedes-Benz Junior Team. "I missed numerous test sessions when I was recovering from the crash. And since because private testing is extremely limited, I had to do a lot of catching up. Competition in the Euro F3 series is extremely strong. In qualifying, the top 26 competitors are usually covered by just one second. I must now shave off a few hundredths of a second from my lap times."
Spengler -- one of the three drivers of the French ASM stable -- has experience around Austria's A1 Ring, the track that welcomes the Austrian F1 Grand Prix every year. "I raced there two years ago in Formula Renault 2000 and we did two days of testing over there earlier this year in the F3 car," Spengler explained.
"The A1 Ring circuit is very fast and quite difficult for us in F3. The elevation changes require a very accurate driving style. If you don't accelerate at the right moment in the uphill corners, you'll lose a great deal of speed in the following straight. But it is a gorgeous circuit and it is a lot of fun to drive," Spengler said. "My objective remains the same as for every race -- do the best I can!"
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