Bruno Spengler

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Bruno Spengler
Bruno Spengler - Nürburgring 2006.jpg
At the Nürburgring in 2006, as a DTM driver.
Nationality Canadian
Born (1983-08-23) August 23, 1983 (age 30)
Schiltigheim, France
2014 DTM
Debut season 2005
Current team BMW Team Schnitzer
Car no. 9
Starts 96
Wins 13
Poles 14
Fastest laps 14
Best finish 1st in 2012
Finished last season 3rd (82 pts)
Previous series
2003-04
2001-02
Formula 3 Euro Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Championship titles
2012 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters

Bruno Spengler (born August 23, 1983) is a French-born Canadian BMW factory racing driver, nicknamed 'The Secret Canadian'. He won the 2012 DTM Drivers' Championship.[1]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Spengler was born near Strasbourg, France but moved with his parents to Saint-Hippolyte, Quebec, Canada, when he was 3.[2][3] He went to school in Canada but continued to go back to France where he started competing in kart racing in 1995.[2] Spengler continued karting in both France and Canada and then moved on to competing in the French Formula Renault.[2] Eventually this led to him being signed by Mercedes-Benz motorsport and in 2003 he was racing for ASM in the Formula Three Euroseries.[2]

DTM[edit]

From 2005 until the end of 2011, Spengler drove a Mercedes in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters in Germany. In 2005 he ran with Persson Motorsport and he convinced AMG directors to have an official car in 2006. That year he finished the 2006 season second behind his team mate and five times champion Bernd Schneider.[4] He completed the 2007 season campaign once again in second place, this time behind Audi driver Mattias Ekström, despite Audi's mass pull-out in Barcelona.[5]

In August 2007 he was mentioned in a possible move to the new Prodrive F1 team for 2008, and possibly for a drive with McLaren.[6] Spengler was a leading candidate for an F1 driver's seat based on his performances and also it was thought to help drive up interest in North America for Formula 1.[2] With Prodrive gone and Heikki Kovalainen signed for McLaren, this did not happen for 2008. While leading the DTM in points during the 2010 season, Spengler's name was again brought up as a possible candidate to drive in F1. Norbert Haug Mercedes motorsports director commented that if Spengler were to win the DTM championship he would earn a ride in F1.[3] However, he lost the championship in the last few races to Paul di Resta who went on to drive for Force India in the next F1 season.

For the 2012 season, Spengler left Mercedes and joined BMW Team Schnitzer for the latter's return to DTM.[7] Spengler had a strong season, coming into the last race at the Hockenheimring three points behind leader and Mercedes driver Gary Paffett. He overtook Paffett at the start and held on to win the race. With this victory, his fourth of the season, Spengler took the Driver's Championship by four points and helped Team Schnitzer to the Teams' Championship and BMW to the Manufacturers' Championship.[8]

Racing record[edit]

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2003 ASM F3 Dallara F303/016 Mercedes HOC
1

HOC
2

ADR
1

ADR
2

PAU
1

PAU
2

NOR
1

19†
NOR
2

Ret
LMS
1

11
LMS
2

3
NÜR
1

16
NÜR
2

4
A1R
1

3
A1R
2

7
ZAN
1

2
ZAN
2

Ret
HOC
3

6
HOC
4

5
MAG
1

Ret
MAG
2

21
10th 34
2004 ASL-Mücke Motorsport/ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg Dallara F302/012 Mercedes HOC
1

7
HOC
2

Ret
EST
1

10
EST
2

10
ADR
1

7
ADR
1

20
PAU
1

6
PAU
2

Ret
NOR
1

8
NOR
1

6
MAG
1

5
MAG
2

3
NÜR
1

9
NÜR
2

7
ZAN
1

13
ZAN
2

11
BRN
1

11
BRN
2

5
HOC
1

21†
HOC
2

9
11th 27

† — Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Complete DTM results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

 Year  Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos. Points
2005 Persson Motorsport AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2004 HOC
12
LAU
15†
SPA
Ret
BRN
11
OSC
16
NOR
13†
NÜR
15
ZAN
9
LAU
6
IST
8
HOC
8
16th 5
2006 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2006 HOC
9
LAU
5
OSC
2
BRH
7
NOR
1
NÜR
1
ZAN
4
CAT
5
BUG
1
HOC
1
2nd 63
2007 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2007 HOC
14
OSC
Ret
LAU
3
BRH
5
NOR
1
MUG
4
ZAN
5
NÜR
2
CAT
2
HOC
4
2nd 47
2008 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2008 HOC
4
OSC
3
MUG
9
LAU
6
NOR
2
ZAN
5
NÜR
7
BRH
6
CAT
Ret
BUG
7
HOC
4
5th 38
2009 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2009 HOC
Ret
LAU
2
NOR
2
ZAN
5
OSC
6
NÜR
6
BRH
6
CAT
5
DIJ
3
HOC
7
4th 41
2010 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2009 HOC
2
VAL
2
LAU
1
NOR
3
NÜR
1
ZAN
7
BRH
2
OSC
2
HOC
Ret
ADR
3
SHA
13
3rd 66
2011 HWA Team AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2009 HOC
1
ZAN
2
SPL
4
LAU
3
NOR
1
NÜR
2
BRH
7
OSC
13†
VAL
7
HOC
9
3rd 51
2012 BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M3 DTM HOC
Ret
LAU
1
BRH
2
SPL
Ret
NOR
3
NÜR
1
ZAN
6
OSC
1
VAL
6
HOC
1
1st 149
2013 BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M3 DTM HOC
5
BRH
2
SPL
1
LAU
7
NOR
6
MSC
19
NÜR
14
OSC
21†
ZAN
20
HOC
3
3rd 82
2014 BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M4 DTM HOC
6
OSC
12
HUN
3
NOR
11
MSC
SPL
NÜR
LAU
GUA
HOC
10th* 23*

* Season in progress. † Driver did not finish, butcompleted 75% of the race distance.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Martin Tomczyk
DTM Champion
2012
Succeeded by
Mike Rockenfeller