Bruno Spengler was able to fend off the pressure from Gary Paffett at Lausitz and come out on top as BMW got its first DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) win after 20 years in the sports.
Driving for the HWA Team, Paffett actually managed to have a quick start as he was third on the grid, bringing him to the tail of a polesitter Spengler at the first corner of the race. The two -- Paffett and Spengler were able to get away from the others early in the race.
For most of the race, the gap between Spengler and Paffett became steady at just under a second. However, Spengler, who now pilots for BMW Team Schnitzer, was able to significantly raise his advantage to about 1.5 seconds as both rounds of mandatory pits tops had neared.
What it signified is that even when the HWA Team twice gave Paffett a quicker pit stop and the British driver delivered better in and out laps than his major rival, Spengler was just able to keep the lead. In the last 16 laps, championship leader Paffett spent right on his rival's boot lid; however, the gap had never increased by more than 0.6 seconds.
But then, he wasn’t able to put up a passing move. He gave up the chance of passing Sengler when he slightly braked too late at Turn 1 on the last lap, bumping over the Ludwig kerbs and fallng behind by more than a second. This guaranteed Spengler’s 10th DTM victory and the first for BMW since Roberto Ravaglia's double win at Hockenheim in October 1992, which was also in a Schnitzer-run car.
At the back of these, another battle for superiority came between BMW and Mercedes started as Augusto Farfus, who had lost second place to Paffett at the start, didn’t like the similar pressure from Jamie Green's HWA car for the second half of the race. Green started at sixth place.
He then began an outstanding move to deprive Edoardo Mortara's Rosberg Audi of fourth place on lap nine. It then ran 10 laps longer than any of the other frontrunners in his first period to follow the tail of Farfus's RBM-run M3.
Paffett won the first round of the 2012 DTM at the Hockenheimring, Germany just around a week ago. The race EuroSpeedway Lausitz was the second round of the DTM. In the prior year, Spengler was the runner in the 2011 DTM, when he was still piloting for Mercedes’ HWA Team. The 2012 season of the DTM banned refueling due to safety concerns as well as to slash costs.