Spengler to test the BMW M3 DTM for the first time
|| Ex-Mercedes-Benz DTM driver Bruno Spengler will get his first drive of the BMW M3 DTM in a special test at the Monteblanco circuit. Spain from 15 – 17 November. Spengler, a recently confirmed works driver, will drive the car at Monteblanco alongside American race driver Joey Hand. Triple WTCC Champion Andy Priaulx is also confirmed as a works driver in the BMW DTM camp.
The Monteblanco Circuit is situated approximately 50 kilometres west of Seville in southern Spain’s Andalucia region, with its mild weather making it particularly suitable for November tests sessions.
Besides the newbies, the existing squads; Team Schnitzer, Team RBM and Team RMG will see action as well. Augusto Farfus, Dirk Werner and the three-squad drivers, having tested in the previous tests at Eurospeedway and Hungaroring, get a third acclimatization on the M3 DTM in preparation for the Munchen-based marque’s DTM entry next season.
“We would like to thank Bruno’s current employer Mercedes most sincerely for releasing him early for the tests. We appreciate this sporting gesture, which goes to show how well we co-operate behind the scenes. Now we can look forward to his first laps with our BMW M3 DTM, and his initial impressions of the car,” BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt commented.
Marquardt continued: “We are equally looking forward to the feedback from Joey Hand, who has enjoyed a superb ALMS season together with Dirk Müller. Dirk has already had various opportunities of testing the BMW M3 DTM. Joey’s test also proves how tightly our various motorsport campaigns mesh together. In Monteblanco we will continue with our hard work. We believe that southern Spain will provide the best conditions, which should enable us to complete our comprehensive test program, to amass data and further develop our BMW M3 DTM in all areas.”
The M3 DTM was publicly unveiled at the BMW Welt in Munich, Deutschland (Germany) as a Concept Car on 15 July. Fans were able to see the car in action on the track for the first time on 23 October during a series of demonstration laps presented as part of the 2011 season finale in Hockenheim.