Bruno Spengle Magny-Cours race one notes

Montreal, Canada, October 25, 2003 -- The first of two races of the Formula 3 Euro Series held this weekend in Magny-Cours, France only brought disappointment to Canadian race car driver Bruno Spengler. The Quebecer -- a member of the...

Montreal, Canada, October 25, 2003 -- The first of two races of the Formula 3 Euro Series held this weekend in Magny-Cours, France only brought disappointment to Canadian race car driver Bruno Spengler. The Quebecer -- a member of the Mercedes-Benz Junior Team and part of the ASM stable -- started the race in 16th place but decided to retire because his car was suffering from a serious handling problem.

QUALIFYING

Temperature was extremely cold this morning -- in fact, it was minus two degrees ! -- when the 29 competitors took the track for the 30-minute qualifying session. "Everything was fine during the early laps and I was amongst the fastest," said Spengler. "However, I locked up the two front wheels twice and that caused big flat spots. From then on, I was unable to brake very late and I lost numerous positions on the grid."

RACE

Spengler started the 16-lap feature in 16th place. "I made a good start and I was up in 13th place at the end of the opening lap," said the 19-year old driver. "Then, something went wrong with the rear end of the car. I was fighting some big oversteer as the rear end was extremely loose. I was running some three seconds slower than the leaders. I prefered pulling into the pits instead of pushing hard and putting the car in the guardrail. The team will check the rear end of the car because something was definitely wrong, whether with the differential or a shock absorber."

Spengler -- a rookie driver in the F3 series - remains confident to do well tomorrow. "I have to make a fantastic start tomorrow and pass as many people as possible to conclude the season on a strong note."

The final race of the 2003 Formula 3 Euro Series will be staged in Magny-Cours, France tomorrow morning.

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Bruno Spengler