Historic victory for Bruno Spengler on Hankook tyres
- BMW driver secures the first win since 20 years for the DTM returnee at Lausitz
- Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz) extends his points’ lead with second-place finish
- Hankook’s Ventus Race slick tyre also provides a lot of traction at low track temperatures
Klettwitz/Germany, May 6th, 2012 - BMW fans had to wait 20 years for this success: Bruno Spengler won at Lausitzring on Sunday and thus secured the first success since 1992 in the most popular international touring car series for the DTM returnee from Munich. The Canadian already had sparked a surprise by being the fastest in qualifying on Saturday. In the race on Sunday, the 28-year old showed a dominant performance, holding off all the attacks by Mercedes-Benz driver Gary Paffett behind him and secured a lights-to-flag win that hardly anyone had expected.
The Brit didn’t find a way past Spengler and eventually crossed the finish line in second place. Thus, Paffett, who had won the season opener at Hockenheim, extended his lead in the drivers’ standings. Augusto Farfus completed BMW’s success by finishing third and scored his first points in the DTM. Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz) lost his chances of a podium finish after a poor pit stop and ended up fo
urth. Once again, Mattias Ekstrom was the best-placed Audi driver in fifth. Having started eighth on the grid, the Swede had been able to make up three places, but didn’t have a chance against the strong opposition from BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
As the temperatures had significantly dropped on Sunday, the track surface also became notably cooler, the track temperature being only 12 degrees Celcius during the race. In these conditio
ns, combined with the very slippery asphalt at Lausitzring, it was decisive to get the Hankook slick tyre to work as quickly as possible with the right set-up of the car, as the Ventus Race reaches its optimal performance in a temperature window between 90 and 110 degrees Celsius. The newly developed tyre seamlessly built upon the top performance of the 2011 tyre generation. It provided a lot of traction in the narrow infield and showed an overwhelming consistency combined with maximum safety throughout the race.
Bruno Spengler (BMW): “The first pole on Saturday, today the first victory for BMW in the DTM after 20 years, in spite of the pressure from Mercedes-Benz: I will always remember this day. The tyres were mega-consistent, many thanks to Hankook for these great tyres.”
Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz): “It was a hard and tough race for both. I pushed hard, but Bruno simply made no mistakes. The car and the tyres were very good throughout the distance, so that I was closely behind him until the end, but it just wasn’t enough.”
Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport director): “This is like a dream. In qualifying, we were up front with
two drivers and were able to convert this more or less in the race with first and third place. This is the first victory for BMW in the DTM after an absence of 20 years. We understood the tyres well and worked with them in an economic way. We are entirely happy and proud of everybody."