Bruno Spengler ( born August 23, 1983 in Schiltigheim, France ) is a Canadian race car driver. Since 2005 he is traveling in the DTM from 2005 to 2011 for Mercedes -Benz, for BMW since 2012. In 2006 and 2007 he won the runner-up title in the series, 2012, he was DTM champion.
- 2.1 Career stations
- 2.2 Individual results in the DTM
Beginnings in motorsport
Like most racers began Spengler his career in karting, where he was active from 1993 to 2000. Although his family moved to Canada when he was three years old and he accordingly went to school in Canada, he ran motorsport both in Canada and in France. Among other things, won Spengler 2000, the French Elite Championship. In 2001 he moved to Formula racing and started for Graff Racing in both the French Formula Renault, in which he finished fifth overall with a victory, and in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup, where he finished ninth with a race win. 2002 Spengler went to Jenzer Motorsport, for which he started 2.0 Eurocup in the German Formula Renault and Formula Renault. In the German Formula Renault he was three wins behind Christian Klien runner ahead of his teammate Esteban Guerrieri. In the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Although not quite able to win the race, but he still improved to eighth in the overall standings. A season highlight was the participation in the FranAm Formula Renault, where he made seven races dominant won the championship with six wins.
In 2003, Spengler into the newly founded Formula 3 Euro Series with the French team ASM. Due to injury, he did not participate in the first three race weekends. As a best finish he achieved a second place and finished the season tenth overall. In 2004, he played his second season in the Formula 3 Euro Series for Mücke Motorsport and was team-mate Robert Kubica. Spengler held mostly not with his teammate and finished with the end of the season with a third place as best result in eleventh place overall, while Kubica with almost twice as many points was seventh.
2005 Spengler left the Formula racing and moved to touring car racing in the DTM. As a team-mate Jamie Green, he started for Persson Motorsport in a previous car from Mercedes -Benz. After he had had a weak start to the season, he scored sixth in the ninth race of the season on the Euro Speedway Lausitz his first points in the DTM. At the end of his first season, he finished 16th overall.
In 2006 he joined the Mercedes -Benz works team HWA, which is still Green, Bernd Schneider and Mika Häkkinen started this season in addition plumbers, and received an actual race car. Only in the season opener at Hockenheim, he scored no points. After a second place in Oschersleben he won at the Norisring his first DTM race. Further victories followed at the Nürburgring, Le Mans and the season finale at Hockenheim. Although no other driver won more than two races for themselves, Spengler had to finish the season with 63 points of his teammate Schneider, who scored 71 points, defeated.
2007 Spengler denied his third season in the DTM for HWA, the same driver line-up took up this season as last year. After he had achieved in the first two races no points, he came in the rest of the season is always among the top five drivers. At the Norisring, he was able to win the race again. By season's end he lost the best Mercedes -Benz driver with only three points difference the title against the Audi drivers Mattias Ekström, who won as Spengler also just a race, and was runner-up for the second time the DTM.
2008 Spengler was again at HWA and was with Paul di Resta, who was signed as a replacement for Hakkinen, a new teammates. Compared to previous years, Spengler won any races this season and had to settle for a second place at the Norisring settle for the best result. At the end of the season, he finished as the third-best Mercedes driver behind di Resta and Green fifth overall. The following year, followed by another DTM season, stayed in the Spengler without a win. He started again for HWA, who had replaced for this season Schneider and Green by Gary Paffett and Ralf Schumacher. With three podium finishes he improved end of the season in fourth place overall. Like last year, he was, this time behind Paffett and di Resta, the third-best Mercedes -Benz driver.
2010 Spengler denied for HWA his sixth DTM season. With two second places at the start of the season, he took over after the second race the lead in the drivers' standings. In the third race at the Euro Speedway Lausitz he maintained his championship lead with his first victory in nearly three years. At the Nürburgring followed by another victory. After a failure in the ninth race, he had to give to his teammate di Resta the leadership in the meantime. A race later, he again took the lead and led the drivers' championship to before the last race in Shanghai. After he had become only the 17th in qualifying, he came in 13th place in the race to the finish. As his teammate Paffett won the race and di Resta was second, he lost the championship to di Resta and Paffett was third in the championship behind. 2011 Spengler remained at HWA. With a win at the season opener at Hockenheim Spengler started in the season. At the Norisring his second win of the season followed. He finished a total of five races on the podium. After leading the championship half a season, he closed it finally as the best Mercedes driver in third place from. He also won a DTM show race at the Olympic Stadium in Munich.
2012 Spengler went for the DTM returnee BMW at the start. He drove for Schnitzer Motorsport. In the second race of the season on the Euro Speedway Lausitz he won for the first time for BMW. It was also the first victory for BMW in the "new " DTM. After two more podium finishes followed at the Nürburgring and Oschersleben more wins. As a second overall Spengler went into the season finale at Hockenheim. Spengler won this race and achieved his first DTM title. With 149 to 145 points, he sat down opposite Mercedes driver Paffett, who consistently was in the lead up to the season finale, by. 2013 Spengler occurs as defending again for Schnitzer. After a second place at Brands Hatch Spengler won the third race of the season in Spielberg. At the end of the season, he finished third overall.
- 2003: Formula 3 Euro Series (No. 10)
- 2004: Formula 3 Euro Series (No. 11)
- 2005: DTM ( 16th place)
- 2006: DTM ( 2nd place)
- 2007: DTM ( 2nd place)
- 2008: DTM ( 5th place)
- 2009: DTM ( 4th place)
- 2010: DTM ( 3rd place)
- 2011: DTM ( 3rd place)
- 2012: DTM ( Master )
- 2013: DTM ( 3rd place)