Canadian Bruno Spengler at the F3 Master Montreal, Canada, August 6, 2003 -- Nineteen-year old Canadian race car driver Bruno Spengler of St. Hyppolite, Quebec will contest this weekend the hotly disputed Formula 3 Master in Zandvoort, Holland.
Canadian Bruno Spengler at the F3 Master
Montreal, Canada, August 6, 2003 -- Nineteen-year old Canadian race car driver Bruno Spengler of St. Hyppolite, Quebec will contest this weekend the hotly disputed Formula 3 Master in Zandvoort, Holland. This non-championship race puts into action the best Formula 3 drivers from around the world.
Spengler is a Mercedes Benz works driver who contests this season the Formula 3 Euro Series as part of the French ASM team. Following a successful track test last fall, the reigning North American Fran-Am Pro Series champion was selected to be part of the prestigious Mercedes Benz Junior Team. In 2002, Spengler won six races to clinch the title in the Fran-Am Pro Series and claimed second place in the German Formula Renault 2000 Championship with three wins. The Mercedes Benz Junior Team is designed to help seven drivers from six different countries climb the ladder all the way up to Formula 1.
Unfortunately, Spengler was injured in March in a pre-season crash when testing in Dijon, France. The young driver was immediately looked after by Mercedes Benz's doctors and physiotherapists. He was fit enough to drive again in June and resumed his testing programme. In only his second F3 race in career, Spengler finished third in Le Mans-Bugatti on July 14th.
For Spengler, his broken vertebrae is a thing of the past. "I feel no pain whatsoever. It is now completely healed and I am in top shape," said Spengler. "My rehabilitation should have taken three months but after just two I was back behind the wheel of my race car. The doctors said it took me shorter than expected to recover because I am in excellent physical condition."
Spengler then finished his second F3 race in third position. "To finish on the podium in Le Mans was great relief," he said. "In the Euro F3 series, private testing is forbidden outside of the official series' test sessions. I was really short of mileage after my crash but I was quick in Le Mans and it was really terrific to run with the leaders! I hope to win some races before the end of the season."
This weekend in Holland, Spengler will take on the best F3 drivers. "The Euro F3 series is very competitive but the Master will be even more disputed because the British drivers will be there. There will be 53 participants in total. This race will be exceptionally competitive. It is also a very prestigious event because to win the F3 Master is like winning the Monaco Grand Prix in Formula 1. I'll do my very best to finish the top five and be the top rookie."
A press release will be issued after qualifying and another one will be sent out following the race on Sunday.
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