Bruno Spengler is one of the most promising driver from Canada. After some good seasons in open wheelers like Formula 3, Spengler made the move to race in the prestigious DTM championship. RacingInside.com spoke to Bruno Spengler about this switch and about his future.
Bruno, a lot of our viewers will know who you are, but there are also some viewers who do not know who Bruno Spengler is. Could you give a short instruction about yourself?
My name is Bruno Spengler, I am 23 years old and I am a professional race driver for Mercedes-Benz in the DTM.
A lot of people are interested in racing and a lot of them are dreaming about a real career in racing. How did you start racing?
I was already fascinated by cars when I was a very small child. I was always talking about cars and knew everything about them. At the age of nine my dad took me to a track. That was the first time I was racing a kart and people told me that I was very good for a beginner. At the age of ten I competed the first time in a kart race. That’s how I came to racing.
At the moment you are driving in the DTM, Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft. What makes this class special?
The DTM is a great racing series. The fans are very close to the drivers; they can get autographs and talk to the drivers. I like the DTM, because the level of competition is very high and there are so many great drivers competing against each other.
What was your best race ever and what was your worst race ever?
My best race was the race of the DTM at the Norisring this year. I will always remember that race, because it was my first victory in DTM and that is something very special for me. I can’t think of a single race that I really hated. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose – that’s racing.
If you take a look in your schedule. What does an average week in the life of Bruno Spengler look like? Are you following a special training schedule?
Actually I’m working out five days a week for about three hours a day and at the Tuesdays I work out the whole day. Besides training I spent a lot of time answering fan mail or take part in marketing and press events. I answer all of the e-mails from my fan page myself.
If you could change one thing in your career, what would it be?
I think that most of the things I’ve done in the past turned out to be right. I’m very happy to be in DTM right now. I don’t see anything to change so far in my career.
What does your future in racing looks like? When will you be proud and say: “I had a very successful race career!”?
My dream is definitely to be in Formula One. But at this point of my career I’m feeling very good to be in DTM. I’m concentrating 100 % on this series now and I want to win the DTM championship one day. That would be a great achievement.
From which person did you learn the most in racing?
Well, I am still learning. In my first year in DTM with the team of Persson I had a great engineer who helped me a lot adjusting to the car and everything else in DTM. Now I have a great engineer as well and the whole team of HWA is doing a great job. There are so many people from which I can learn a lot.
What would you like to say to young boys and girls who are dreaming about a racing career?
Be strong; especially mentally and never give up!