|Date of Birth||23/08/1983|
|Date of Death||Unknown|
|2014 Position||11th (42pts)|
|First Win||Norisring 2006|
|Previous Teams||Persson Motorsport|
BMW Team Schnitzer
|Total Entries||121 (121 Starts)|
|Team||BMW Team MTEK|
|Car||BMW M4 DTM|
After seven years in karting from 1993 to 2000, Spengler stepped into his first motor racing series in the Formula Renault Eurocup in 2001. After taking ninth in that series, Spengler competed in two different Formula Renault series, taking the North American version while finishing runner-up in the German edition. Two seasons in the Formula 3 Euro Series were uneventful, before Spengler was promoted, by Mercedes-Benz, to the DTM for 2005.
Spengler was adopted by Persson Motorsport and handed a year old Mercedes C-Class from the 2004 season, taking until his ninth race to score a point. It was in 2006, armed with a HWA prepared C-Class when Spengler truly showed his pace, taking his first career victory at the Norisring. Three further victories at the Nürburgring, Le Mans and Hockenheim took him to second in the championship.
Mercedes Second BestEdit
Spengler was in title contention for the 2007 season, but only one win (again at the Norisring), meant he fell well short of Mattias Ekström's total. 2008 was a winless year for the Canadian, although his best result of the season once again came at the Norisring. Spengler improved during the 2009 championship, standing on the podium three times throughout the season, on his way to fourth in the Championship.
Spengler returned to the top step for the first time in two seasons in 2010, claiming the honours at the Lausitzring. Another victory followed at the Nürburgring 2010, as Spengler took third in the title race, once again hoping to become a title contender for the 2011 campaign. Two more victories in 2011, including a third at the Norisring, saw Spengler finish in the top three of the championship once more, in what proved to be his final season with Mercedes.
In 2012, Spengler switched to BMW to lead their new DTM campaign that season alongside Martin Tomczyk. Four victories, and a record total of points, took Spengler to his first DTM crown, clinching the honours with victory at the season finale in Hockenheim, beating Gary Paffett by four points. Spengler took the first title for BMW since the series reformed in 2000, and at their first attempt in the new DTM championship.
Only one win (at the Red Bull Ring) and a string of poor results in the second half of the season saw Spengler relinquish his crown at the end of the season, finishing third overall. A similarly barren year followed in 2014, as Spengler only twice stood on the podium in the ten race season. He was moved out of BMW Team Schnitzer at the end of the season, moving to Team MTEK for 2015.
Full DTM RecordEdit
Spengler's full results from his 121 starts in the DTM are outlined in a series of tables below.
The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Spengler during his DTM career:
|Bruno Spengler's Overall DTM Record|
|2005||Persson Motorsport||20||AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2004||16th||5|
|2006||HWA Team||9||AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2006||2nd||63|
|2007||HWA Team||2||AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2007||2nd||47|
|2008||HWA Team||3||AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2008||5th||38|
|2009||HWA Team||9||AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2009||4th||41|
|2010||HWA Team||4||AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2009||3rd||66|
|2011||HWA Team||3||AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2009||3rd||51|
|2012||BMW Team Schnitzer||7||BMW M3 DTM||1st||149|
|2013||BMW Team Schnitzer||1||BMW M3 DTM||3rd||82|
|2014||BMW Team Schnitzer||9||BMW M4 DTM||11th||42|
|2015||BMW Team MTEK||7||BMW M4 DTM||5th||123|
|2016||BMW Team MTEK||7||BMW M4 DTM|
Below is a table showing Bruno Spengler's full DTM record.
|DTM Championship Record|
|3rd||Third||DNS||Did Not Start|
|7th||Points Scorer||NC||Not Classified|
|Italics||Qualifying Race||C||Race Cancelled|
|16th||Non-points finish||†||Non-Championship Race|
Videos and Images:
- Raimond Spekking, 'Bruno Spengler at Nürburgring', commons.wikimedia.org, (Wikimedia Commons, 05/05/2006), http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bruno_Spengler_-_N%C3%BCrburgring_2006.jpg, (Accessed 17/05/2015)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 'Bruno Spengler', dtm.com, (DTM, 2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/driver/bruno-spengler?language=en-gb, (Accessed 14/05/2015)
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 'Bruno Spengler', wikipedia.org, (Wikipedia, 06/05/2015), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruno_Spengler, (Accessed 14/05/2015)