This weekend’s DTM at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben in Germany saw Bruno Spengler’s star ascend even further after a stunning victory.
BMW’s Bruno Spengler claimed his third pole position and subsequently his third victory of the season, a result that sees the 29-year-old as a genuine contender to take home the title.
After 51 laps in the round eight face-off at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Mercedes-Benz’ Gary Paffett crossed the finish line in second place, while HWA Mercedes’ Jamie Green and BMW’s Dirk Werner and Augusto Farfus took third, fourth and fifth respectively. Audi’s Mike Rockenfeller, meanwhile, came in sixth – hampered in part by team mate Mattias Ekström’s catastrophic stall which saw him limping across the line In eighth place.
"Sixth place is definitely not what I’d been hoping for,” said Rockenfeller. “But after qualifying, we knew that it would be a difficult race. I had a clean start and lost a bit of ground when ‘Eki’ stopped in front of me. I got through turn one without any problems but unfortunately didn’t have the pace for a forward attack."
"A catastrophic race,” added Ekstrom. “I had a bad first lap - the rest was very good."
In the drivers’ standings, Paffett is in the lead with 127 points from Spengler (116 points) and Jamie Green (108 points).
Andy Priaulx failed to fare quite as well as his team-mate Spengler after being forced to retire early from round eight of the DTM championship. The Guernsey driver, who qualified 12th, made up five places at the start but was forced off at the first corner.
"The car just wasn't quick enough and I was a sitting duck, it was such a shame as I was up for a big race," said Priaulx after the race.
DTM Oschersleben – results
1. Bruno Spengler Schnitzer BMW 1h12m09.607s
2. Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes + 0.629s
3. Jamie Green HWA Mercedes + 15.512s
4. Dirk Werner Schnitzer BMW + 22.311s
5. Augusto Farfus RBM BMW + 24.423s
6. Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi + 26.940s
7. Robert Wickens Mucke Mercedes + 33.737s
8. Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi + 34.631s
9. Filipe Albuquerque Rosberg Audi + 42.943s
10. Timo Scheider Abt Audi + 44.852s
11. Joey Hand RMG BMW + 46.140s
12. Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes + 55.296s
13. Ralf Schumacher HWA Mercedes + 1m14.587s
14. Roberto Merhi Persson Mercedes + 1m15.545s
15. Miguel Molina Phoenix Audi + 1 lap
16. Adrien Tambay Abt Audi + 4 laps
17. Andy Priaulx RBM BMW + 12 laps
Martin Tomczyk RMG BMW 20 laps
Susie Wolff Persson Mercedes 12 laps
Rahel Frey Abt Audi 6 laps
Edoardo Mortara Rosberg Audi 6 laps
David Coulthard Mucke Mercedes 1 lap