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DTM Lausitzring 2012: Bruno Spengler takes first victory for BMW

DTM Lausitzring 2012 (race)
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D he apprenticeship for BMW in the DTM lasted exactly one Week. Because just seven days after the Munich DTM comeback, M3 driver Bruno Spengler clinched his first victory. The Canadian won by a second over Briton Gary Paffett, who extended his lead in the championship with second place. Third place also went to a BMW driver: the Brazilian Augusto Farfus managed to keep the jostling Briton Jamie Green at a distance in the Mercedes.

On the other hand, disillusionment at Audi: As in Hockenheim, the Ingolstadt team had nothing to do with the struggle for victory. Mattias Ekström crossed the finish line in fifth, 21 seconds behind Spengler. The best German driver was Timo Scheider (Audi) in sixth place.

'I have goosebumps everywhere'

'I hardly believe it', beamed Spengler after the triumph. 'I get goosebumps everywhere. I can't believe we won the race, although we still lack a bit of experience. I'll never forget this weekend. The last lap was the longest lap I've driven in my entire life am. ' The Canadian sent a special thank you to the mechanics of his Schnitzer team: 'It's great how the guys worked on the pits. The stops went perfectly, although we were really under pressure. Gary was always right on our heels. One Excellent performance. '

Head of BMW Sport Jens Marquardt was almost bursting with pride:' It's great how quickly the guys managed to get the M3 forward. The Schnitzer team made exceptionally good stops, and so did the racing strategy worked to some extent. We didn't fall into any trap. ' The starting situation for BMW was not perfect. 'We were already testing at the Lausitzring,' said Marqurdt, 'but not in this configuration. And so we were a little worried about whether the brakes would really perform well. We'll be at Brands Hatch in two weeks. That's all New territory for us. The cards are being reshuffled. '

Second-placed Gary Paffett paid tribute to the winner:' BMW was already pretty fast at Hockenheim, but they couldn't show it there, 'said the Briton appreciatively . 'My C-Coupé was super good. But if you drive behind the vehicle in front, you lose downforce. There is nothing to be done.' In the last lap rodePaffett nevertheless made a determined attack in turn one. Unsuccessful, the black Mercedes sled through the run-off zone. The Englishman took it calmly and enjoyed the score: 'It's fantastic that I expanded my lead in the championship.'

Farfus did not get going at the start

Augusto Farfus was one of the big winners in Lausitz. The Brazilian made it onto the podium in his second DTM race. 'Everything was decided at the start,' said Farfus. 'I didn't really get going.' Still, the positives far outweighed it: 'A great result,' he said. 'I will also get another victory. I like this car.'

On the other hand, Audi driver Mattias Ekström's mouth hanging south: 'I haven't had a particularly good practice session. We modified the car for the race . It's really nice that I took a few points with me. But if you want to become champion, you have to clear the big points. We still have a lot of work to do. '

With a confident smile, Norbert congratulated Haug: 'There are surprises hailing in the DTM,' said the Mercedes sports director. 'But I was always of the opinion: They are good.' The Mercedes sports director also has nothing but praise for his own team: 'The speed was there. But it is a major handicap if you follow behind. Because then you lose the downforce, which in turn is not good for the tires.' Haug was satisfied with the pace of the pilots this time: 'The guys treated each other really fairly.'


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