Spengler wins heat race at nurburgring

Spengler wins heat race at nurburgring

At temperatures of 33 degrees in the air and 47 degrees on the asphalt, the canadian won the sixth round of the DTM season on sunday and shortened the gap to overall leader gary paffet to 20 points. "It was a dream day today," said spengler after the second win of the season for DTM returnee BMW after a 20-year break. "My car was sensational, I felt so comfortable."

Because paffet in the mercedes-benz only finished sixth after 49 laps, spengler moved up to second place in the overall standings. Second in the eifel was audi driver edoardo mortara, defending champion martin tomczyk from rosenheim moved up from fifth on the grid to third in his BMW. "That was a sensational race. Bruno on top and a second BMW in the top three. What more could you want?", said tomczyk. "I never expected in my wildest dreams that we would win two out of six races this season," said BMW motorsport director jens marquardt.

In the remaining four races of the season, spengler wants to overtake paffett not only on the race track but also in the overall standings. "20 points behind paffett, that’s sensational", said spengler. "But we are keeping our feet on the ground. We should think only from race to race and continue to work hard. Then there may be a surprise at the end of the season."The DTM squad moves on to zandvoort as early as this monday, with the seventh round of the season taking place in the dutch coastal town as early as next sunday.

Spengler had a good start on the heiben asphalt in front of 90,000 spectators in the eifel and promptly pulled away from his pursuers. He made his lonesome laps at the top. Paffett had only started the race from eleventh place after a failed qualification the day before. "Finishing sixth is okay if you start eleventh," said paffett. "But it’s a bit of a letdown. A bad pit stop cost me two places."Paffett’s mercedes was unable to keep up with the pace of the competition, as it had done throughout the race weekend. Jamie green in fourth place was the fastest silver arrow driver. The former formula 1 driver david coulthard (scotland) was killed after a spin from the race track in the 14. Round even only last.

The DTM drivers battled the heat in the race car with cool underwear. The riders’ fireproof clothing was immersed in cold water before the start. The inside of the car heated up to 60 degrees during the race. "It was very hard to stay concentrated in this heat," said second-placed mortara. "You pay the rounds and dream of a cold shower or an ice bath."


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