Bruno Spengler looks forward to Phillip Island challenge

Bruno Spengler looks forward to Phillip Island challenge

BMW driver Bruno Spengler says he will have to be on his game at this weekend’s Australian GT Championship round at Phillip Island.

Bruno Spengler looks forward to Phillip Island challengeThe Canadian ace only flew into a cool and wet Melbourne this morning and has never been in Australia before, let alone done a lap of the challenging Phillip Island course.

But he says he has done as much online research of the track as he could, including watching a whole lot of YouTube videos and he says you’d be surprised how much this rather rudimentary approach can help.

“It helps a lot, especially watching videos shot from on-board other race cars, the videos are good in that they show you where the track goes, I know the gears and I know the corners,”

“But at the end of the day you have to drive the course to really get to know it.”

Spengler, who calls Switzerland home, will get two thirty-minute free practice stints in the BMW M6 GT race car on the Phillip Island circuit ahead of the race.

“I’m ready but it’s going to be tough.”

While he also admitted the GT-spec car took some getting used to compared to his normal DTM car (which has fewer driver aids like ABS and Traction Control), he is confident though the car is going to be increasingly competitive.

“The M6 is still a pretty new car and you should remember that it is up against cars that have had a great deal more preparation, some have been around for years while we are still in the early stages,”

“It is a very good car though, it is very capable and fast both on the bends and the straights.”

While we asked him about how he prepares for an endurance event, as opposed to the regular DTM sprint races that he competes primarily in.

“Both forms of racing are demanding in their own way,” he said.

“In the endurance events there simply isn’t the chance to drive at 80%, you have to be on all the time because although it is a long race, for each driver it is a short stint.”

“You really need to find the right balance between aggression and patience.”

And when quizzed on a possible Bathurst appearance in the future.

“I would love to drive there; it looks like an amazing track.”

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Joel Helmes

Joel is the founder, editor and managing director of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director. Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.

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