Bruno Spengler Magny-Cours qualifying notes

Montreal Canada, October 24, 2003 -- Canadian race car driver Bruno Spengler -- a member of the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Junior Team in the Formula 3 Euro Series -- endured some difficult times in qualifying today in Magny-Cours, France. Spengler...

Montreal Canada, October 24, 2003 -- Canadian race car driver Bruno Spengler -- a member of the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Junior Team in the Formula 3 Euro Series -- endured some difficult times in qualifying today in Magny-Cours, France. Spengler had trouble in finding the limits of his car and has to be content with 18th place on the grid for Sunday's race -- the last round of the 2003 season.

"Because of my broken back early in the season, I was forced to miss the two days of private testing held here in Magny-Cours," said the 19-year old driver. "I only had 60 minutes this morning to get to grips with the Grand Prix circuit. Everything was fine this morning when I was on used tires. I was amongst the top five or six guys. When we mounted the new tires, it was late in the session and I did not enjoy a flying lap. That put me down in 22nd place."

During the half-hour qualifying session, Spengler again experienced some difficulties. "I started again on old tires and when we installed the new tires, I've been unable to find a clear spot in traffic," said the 2002 Fran-Am North American Champion. "I still have problems finding the limits of the car, especially in the two chicanes. They are very fast, taken at more than 200 km/h in 5th gear. I don't feel the car very well in these two chicanes. Therefore, I am slower..."

Spengler will take the start of Sunday's race in 18th place. "I'm gaining experience. However, things will go better tomorrow. With my engineer Guillaume, we looked at the numbers from the data acquisition system and I now know where and how I can gain some time," concluded the St. Hippolyte, Quebec resident.

-bsr-

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Series F3 Europe
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