Canadian Spengler to race at the Nurburgring

Montreal, Canada, August 14, 2003 -- Just a few days after he contested the prestigious Formula 3 Master in Zandvoort, Holland, Canadian race car driver Bruno Spengler will be back in action this weekend as he will take part in his third race of...

Montreal, Canada, August 14, 2003 -- Just a few days after he contested the prestigious Formula 3 Master in Zandvoort, Holland, Canadian race car driver Bruno Spengler will be back in action this weekend as he will take part in his third race of the Euro F3 Series held at the famed Nurburgring in Germany.

Spengler, the 19-year old driver who lives in Saint-Hyppolite, Quebec is a member of the esteemed Mercedes-Benz Junior Team. This motor sport programme is designed to give the selected drivers the opportunity to compete in the Euro F3 Series behind the wheel of Mercedes-Benz-powered single seaters. It is a unique occasion for them to hone their driving skills in a fiercely disputed international series.

A rookie in Formula 3 this season, Spengler is somewhat disappointed with his final result at the F3 Master but is content with his overall progress over the weekend. "I qualified in 12th place, I then set the 8th fastest time in the warm-up session and then clinched the 4th fastest time in the race," said Spengler. "I made good, steady progress over the three days of competition despite the fact that I had never driven the Zandvoort circuit before. Unfortunately, I took the start of the race way down the field. If I didn't had to leave the track not to hit a car that spun right in front of me, I would have finished the Master in the top 10."

That progression gives Spengler a boost of confidence for the Nurburgring race. "I like this circuit and its fast corners," he declared. "I won a race of the Formula Renault German Championship on that track last year. I am extremely focused for that race and I'll do my best to finish on the podium like I did in Le Mans in July."

Spengler is fully aware that his performances have been irregular so far this season but he knows exactly why. "I have not driven much since my crash last March and I don't have absolute confidence in the car yet," he said. "I still have some problems reaching the absolute limits of the lateral grip this car has to offer. There's a lot of downforce and the tires have quite a bit of grip. So, it's very difficult to shave off the last few 1/100ths of a second if you don't know what to expect from the car. However, we tested at the Nurburgring before the Master and despite a few brake problems, things went very well. I look forward to this race."

Bruno Spengler is sponsored by Mercedes Benz, Goodvibes, march-fifteen, Reneka, Arai, ASN Canada FIA, Smart race paint and Inside Track Motorsport News.

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