BMW’s return to the DTM is going well. Actually, never mind, it’s going awesome. They’ve already won their first race.
The first race of the season may have gone over to Mercedes but the most recent one, the second one on this year’s calendar went to the Bavarians.
Bruno Spengler is the man we should all be thanking. The Canadian did just about everything by the book at Lausitzring.
That includes doing great in qualifying, starting from pole position and leading the race from start to the checkered flag.
The BMW M3 DTM racer behaved admirably but most of the effort can be put on the shoulders of the Canadian racing driver.
He was under some serious pressure from the Mercedes driven by Gary Paffett throughout the race yet managed to keep his composure.
Even at the end of the race the gap between them was just 1.019 seconds. Throughout the race this gap grew and shrunk by as much as 0.6 seconds.
The end was sealed after the chasing driver made a bit of a mistake on the last lap. Having braked a little late Paffett hit the kerb and lost some time that couldn’t be made up quickly.
At this point, the outcome of the race had been decided. BMW’s new win is a historic milestone for more than one reason.
It’s a the first for BMW after a 20 year hiatus but it’s also the 50th win the Bavarian company ever got in the home country’s own racing series.