Bruno Spengler will continue with Mercedes-Benz for a seventh consecutive season in the DTM, it has been announced.
The 27-year-old Canadian has been a member of the Mercedes line-up in the pan-European touring car series since 2005, and has been part of the HWA works team since 2006, notching up seven race wins from 63 starts. Having spent a month in his native Canada to recharge his batteries and prepare for the forthcoming season, Spengler is now eager to improve upon his third position in the 2010 championship.
“I am delighted to be starting my seventh DTM season with Mercedes-Benz,” he enthused. “There's never a guarantee of success in motorsport, especially in such a closely-fought series as the DTM, but I'll be giving it everything I've got this year and, together, with my team, we'll be pushing all the way.”
“Bruno is still a young driver, but he's already a 'veteran' with Mercedes-Benz Motorsport in the very best sense of the word,” added Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Vice-President Norbert Haug. “Bruno gets better every year, and 2011 will mark our ninth year of working together.
“We began back in 2003, when Bruno joined our F3 Junior Programme but immediately suffered an extremely serious testing accident that could, at worst, have meant the end of his career. However, Bruno kept faith in us and we in him, and that made the joy and satisfaction of his successes after his recovery all the sweeter.
“Today, he is one of the highest-profile and most successful DTM competitors, but also one of the nicest drivers in the field – and a favourite with the fans. There is still much that Mercedes-Benz Motorsport and Bruno want to achieve together, in order to celebrate a relationship that has now lasted nearly ten years.”
The first round of the new DTM campaign will be held on 1 May at the Hockenheimring.
by Jon Gurr