The DTM championship resumes this weekend with the presentation of the 6th round of the season at the Nürburgring - aA track where Canadian driver Bruno Spengler has been successfull in the past.
After the summer break (the last race was presented July 1st at the Norisring), the DTM drivers are back in cation for the great classic Nürburgring race.
After a first half of the season dominated by the Mercedes drivers, Gary Paffett (two wins) holds quite comfortably in first position in provisional classification, ahead of team mate and fellow countryman Jamie Green (one win).
Third in the standings, Bruno Spengler has three podiums finishes (including his win in the second round at the Lausitzring) out of five races, but he lost several points with his retirements at Hockenheim and Spielberg.
At the Nürburgring, Spengler aims to score a good result again, even if his team BMW has a lack of marks in the Eifel moutains.
"It is true that we never ran the BMW M3 on the Nurburgring," Spengler told Auto123.com.
"That’s why the first practice session of Friday will be very important to collect as much information as possible on the car, in order to prepare ourselves for the qualifying session and the race the best we can. Though, the weather conditions are always an issue in this region of Germany, and if it rains on Friday, it will be tough for us to prepare the car."
BMW may however rely on the experience of his drivers, especially Martin Tomczyk and Bruno Spengler, the latter being victorious twice on this circuit : under heavy rain in 2006, and in dry conditions in 2010.
"Personally, the Nürburgring is one of my favorite tracks," Spengler added.
"I have already won twice, and I really like this track. It's very technical and varied, with quick corners, others slower, requiring a car perfectly set-up. Again, Friday practice sessions will be very important for that…"