BrunoSpengler is the Canadian racing driver and former DTM champion. He is the one of the longest serving drivers in what is probably the most popular German racing series.
Born in France, grew up in Canada
Bruno was born on 23rd of August 1983 in Schiltigheim, the largest suburb of Strasbourg, in Alsace region in France. When he was three years old, Spengler moved with his family to Canada, where they opened up a family business. Even as a youngster, Bruno was actively involved in it, helping when ever possible, and at the age of seven, he was comfortably doing errands in his pick up. His passion for speed was extreme, and he was always urging his father to overtake other cars and go faster. And once he discovered karting, there was no turning back. From that point, every summer holiday was spent at the karting races, and with full support of his father as a mechanic, Bruno continued to climb to the top of the karting series. As he was often visiting France, his career was equally spread on both sides of the Atlantic. It was time that he stepped up his game, and at the age of 12 he entered the French Formula Renault.
Bruno was 2012 DTM champion with BMW
Mercedes spotted Bruno's talent
His talent was spotted by Mercedes and Spengler signed a contract with a famous German manufacturer. His first assignment was to compete in Formula 3 Euro Series. In 2003, he missed one third of the season but he managed to improve later in the championship, scoring three podium finishes and taking 10th place overall. In 2004, driving a Dallara-Mercedes, he started in 20 races. However, the results weren’t as good as he finished at 11th position with only one podium finish at Magny-Cours.
Bruno spent seven years with Mercedes
A Solid DTM debut
In 2005, Bruno made a huge step in his career. He became the driver for the Mercedes’ team Persson Motorsport. The rookie needed some time to settle in the new championship but slowly his results started to improve and he managed to earn points in the last three races that year. His driving was well enough to persuade Mercedes chiefs to offer him better conditions with HWA Team in which he was driving alongside Bernd Schneider, most successful DTMdriver of all times. That proved to be an excellent decision by the Stuttgarters, as Spengler won four out of 10 races in 2006 and finished as a runner-up, only eight points behind his teammate Schneider.
Bruno had excellent results with both Mercedes and BMW
Series runner-up with Mercedes
Bruno Spengler again finished as a vice-champion in 2007. He has won only one race that year, at Norisring, but had many Top 5 finishes, scooping up valuable points. This time, he was only three points short of taking the title which went to another DTM legend – Mattias Ekstrom. In the following two years, Spengler failed to win a single race, but still was one of the top drivers in the series. In 2008, the Canadian finished 5th, while 2009 saw him at the 4th position.
Bruno Spengler, DTM Mercedes, Hockenheim 2007
Mercedes driver managed to get back on the winning track in 2010. Bruno won the races at Lausitzring and Nurburgring to finish 3rd in the championship, only five points behind the champion Paul Di Resta. The same was in the following year, Spengler was 3rd in the final standings after he has again scored two wins, this time at Hockenheim and Norisring.
Bruno Spengler wins 2012 title with BMW M3
After the season of 2011, Bruno Spengler left Mercedes to become a BMW driver. In his first attempt with the Bavarians, he has won the DTM title in 2012, what nobody would have dared to consider possible before the start of the season. Driving a Team Schnitzer’s BMW M3 DTM, Spengler has won the races at Lausitzring, Nurburgring, Oschersleben, and Hockenheim while he was 2nd at Oschersleben. At the end of the season, he was only four points ahead of runner-up Gary Paffett.
Bruno Spengler, 2012 DTM champion with BMW
He failed to defend DTM crown in 2013 but was so close to it. Spengler triumphed at Red Bull Ring that year, claimed podium spots at Brands Hatch and Hockenheim to finish 3rd in the Drivers’ championship.
Video - Bruno wins DTM title with BMW
Spengler in new BMW quickly adapted to the new DTM format
Huge downfall followed in 2014, when Spengler started driving the BMW M4. He took 11th place overall, although he had some good performances and Top 3 finishes at Hungaroring and Moscow Raceway. Nevertheless, the things had improved in 2015 when he moved up to 5th place in the DTM championship. The new format of two races per weekend was well suited for Bruno who has earned six podium finishes announcing that he is still able to fight for the wins in the future.
Bruno celebrates in front of his BMW, Norisring 2015
Call from BMW for a new challenge
In 2015, Bruno also had a stint in ADAC GT Masters season finale. BMW called the Canadian for the last round at Hockenheim to drive alongside Dominik Baumann. He did very well as he finished 4th in the first and 3rd in the second race. Another new experience in 2015 was participation in 24 Hours of Spa, one of the most prestigious endurance races in the world. Driving for BMW Z4 GT3 alongside Timo Glock and Alex Zanardi, but hey retired one hour before the end due to mechanical failure.