DTM frontrunner Bruno Spengler has re-signed with Mercedes-Benz for a seventh consecutive season in the championship series, the German carmaker has announced.
The French-born Canadian – a seven-time race-winner since he debuted in 2005 – graduated to the works HWA outfit in 2006, and has been a championship runner-up on two occasions.
“I am delighted to be starting my seventh DTM season with Mercedes-Benz,” the 27-year-old is quoted as saying when the announcement was made.
“There’s never a guarantee of success in motorsport, especially in such a closely fought series as DTM, but I’ll be giving it everything I’ve got this year and, together with my team, we’ll be pushing all the way.”
“At 27 years old, Bruno Spengler is still a young driver – but he’s already a ‘veteran’ with Mercedes-Benz Motorsport in the very best sense of the word. Bruno gets better every year, and 2011 will mark our ninth year working together,” added Mercedes’ competition boss, Norbert Haug, referring to Spengler’s association with the marque since his Formula 3 Euro Series days in 2003.
“Today, he is one of the highest-profile and most successful DTM competitors, but also one of the nicest drivers in the field – and a favourite with the fans. There is still much that Mercedes-Benz Motorsport and Bruno want to achieve together, in order to celebrate a relationship that has now lasted nearly ten years.”
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