At the wheel of his BMW M3, Bruno Spengler edged out UK’s Gary Paffett at Sunday’s season finale at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg track. With the victory, Bruno clinched the 2012 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (German Touring Car Championship). The DTM series is a bit like Germany’s version of NASCAR since the cars are built to go hard and fast while being still rather inexpensive to construct. All DTM race cars have RWD and are powered by 4.0L V8 engines which are air-restricted to 470 hp.
The winning ride
Bruno’s Spengler’s title success capped an incredible season for BMW and Schnitzer, both of whom returned to the championship this year after a 20 year absence. Spengler is the first Canadian to earn the DTM championship, and is only the fourth BMW driver to take the German title.