BMW celebrates pole-sitter Spengler
For BMW, relief was huge. Three times’ Norisring race winner Bruno Spengler was the reason. On his penultimate lap in qualifying on Sunday, the Canadian got the maximum out of his BMW M4 DTM and ended up ahead of Mercedes-Benz drivers Christian Vietoris and Robert Wickens. With outbursts of excited joy, his team welcomed the pole sitter in the pit lane. “I am overjoyed with this pole. I am so happy for my guys. So far, we have been having difficulties, but they have been working really hard, they certainly have deserved it,” Spengler said. The Canadian now has good chances to take the title of ‘Mr. Norisring’ away from Jamie Green. When Spengler succeeds in winning the race on Sunday, it would be his fourth victory in Nuremberg, with which he would match Green’s record.
For Spengler, it was the first pole position since the 2013 DTM season finale at Hockenheim and the 17th in his DTM career. Marco Wittmann had been the most recent driver to date to put a BMW onto first place on the starting grid. He did so at the Nürburgring last year. “I hadn’t expected this result myself. Our car already ran very well on Friday already and we were in the top three in first free practice. Yesterday, we already had a good race and we were able to score some points. Being on pole now is just great,” said Spengler, visibly affected by his efforts in the 20 minutes’ qualifying.
After his coup in qualifying, Spengler will now be facing a huge task in the race (from 15.15 hrs). With his BMW M4 DTM, the Canadian will have to make his mark, among others, against the two Mercedes-Benz drivers Christian Vietoris and last year’s winner Robert Wickens. “This will be a long, tough race. It will be really difficult to keep the two of them behind me, but I will do everything I can to do so.” Initially, support from his fellow BMW drivers is not to be expected: the next BMW driver on the starting grid is Maxime Martin, who ended up in ninth place.