Retirement for Spengler in Holland following a clutch failure Montreal, Canada, September 21st, 2003 -- Canadian Formula 3 driver Bruno Spengler -- one of the three drivers of the French ASM Mercedes-Benz stable -- endured a huge disappointment...
Retirement for Spengler in Holland following a clutch failure
Montreal, Canada, September 21st, 2003 -- Canadian Formula 3 driver Bruno Spengler -- one of the three drivers of the French ASM Mercedes-Benz stable -- endured a huge disappointment today when he completed only two laps in the second race of the Euro Formula 3 Series held in Zandvoort, Holland. The clutch of his Dallara broke early in the race.
The 19-year old Spengler qualified in sixth place for this race in the sole qualifying session held Friday. However, there is no warm-up session in Formula 3 and Spengler discovered the handling of his mount during the formation lap that preceded the start of the race.
"During the formation lap I quickly realised that something was wrong with the clutch," said the works Mercedes-Benz driver. "I stopped the car on the starting grid and at the green, the clutch didn't operate correctly and I lost one position. I was running in seventh place when the Safety Car took the track because of an incident down the field."
In fact, the clutch of his Dallara was badly damaged. "We were rolling at slow speed behind the Safety Car when the clutch let go completely," said Spengler who captured second place in yesterday's race. "I was able to select some gears but I had no drive. I had no choice but to retire. It's very disappointing but that's racing. Mechanical parts don't last forever. I will now focus on the next race held in Hockenheim."
Bruno Spengler will compete in the next heat of the Formula 3 Euro Series in two weeks, October 3-4-5 in Hockenheim, Germany as part of a round of the very popular DTM -- the German Touring Car Series.
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