Spengler signed for ByKolles Racing ahead of Le Mans debut

Former DTM Champion Bruno Spengler has signed for ByKolles Racing ahead of their participations at the 6 Hours of Spa and 24 Hours of Le Mans later this year.

The 36-year-old Canadian will debut in ByKolles’ Enso CLM P1/01 Gibson LMP1 alongside Tom Dillmann at the 6 Hours of Spa race and the 24 Hours of Le Mans on September 19-20.

The BMW factory driver has driven (and claimed podium finishes) in several endurance events in the past such as the Nurburgring 24H, the Daytona 24H and the Sebring 12H.

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He participated in this year’s Daytona 24H in the BMW M8 GTE in the GTLM class, his fourth year with BMW (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020).

He noticeably claimed the DTM driver’s title in 2012 alongside 16 wins, 18 pole-positions and nearly 1000 championship points in the series, since his DTM debut in 2005.

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Spengler gave his thoughts on the signing: “With the start in Le Mans, a long-held dream comes true.

“I know endurance racing, I’ve raced at the Nürburgring and have taken part in the North American classics in Daytona and Sebring.

“Now finally my debut at the greatest endurance race will follow.

“I was born in Alsace, France.

“The desire to go to Le Mans is naturally born so to say.”

Boris Bermes, Head of Operations at ByKolles, said: “Our team is facing its tenth start at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“At this small anniversary we want to make every effort to achieve a good result in the hard-fought LMP1 class.

“Bruno is well experienced and is familiar with all the tricks of the trade in motorsport.

“He has been successful everywhere and no doubt he will showcase his outstanding abilities in the LMP1 car as well.”

Spengler already familiarised himself with the Enso CLM P1/01 during an extensive roll-out at the Nürburgring.

He will conduct a two-day test at Le Castellet (France) and take part in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps race in August, all in preparation for Le Mans.