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Old 10-21-2012, 08:46 PM   #1
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Bruno Spengler claims DTM championship crown with victory

Bruno Spengler (BMW) is the 2012 DTM champion: in a thrilling season finale at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, he claimed victory in the race after 42 laps and thus claimed the DTM championship crown for the first time in his career. Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz), who had led the drivers’ standings prior to the finale, finished second behind Spengler and is runner-up. Eventually, Paffett (145 points) was four points down on the Franco-Canadian (149 points). Augusto Farfus (BMW), who started the race from pole position, finished third at Hockenheim.


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Old 10-22-2012, 01:27 PM   #2
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And he's Canadian!

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Old 10-25-2012, 08:08 AM   #3
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I had a chance to meet him earlier this year at the Norisring race/DTM weekend. That was the race which took place in Bavaria on Canada day, and he coincidentally led the race and was in first place until the last turn of the last lap in which Paffett passed him and subsequently took the checkered flag.

There was a celebration here in Munich for both him and the entire BMW team this week, and last night he was on TV being interviewed. It really is an amazing feat when you consider some facts that I for one didn't know until watching the interview. Prior to this year he spent the past 10 years racing for Mercedes Benz (3yrs in Formula 3 and 2 with team Mercedes, and the past 7 driving for Mercedes in DTM). With Mercedes he never won a DTM or major title. This was his first year with BMW (naturally) as it was BMWs return to DTM after a two decade absence. In their first year back, and his first year with BMW, he won his first DTM title and had a sensational season. That's got to say quite a bit.. Congrats Bruno, BMW and Canada
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:11 AM   #4
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Heres a great video.
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