Bruno Spengler,who has notched many victories and came close to taking the title in the Deutsche Touringwagen Masters (DTM) series this year with Mercedes Benz, has signed with rival manufacturer BMW for next year.
BMW had quit DTM sometime ago to concentrate on Formula1 and World Touring Car Championships. However, BMW quit Formula1 completely and also reduced its involvement in WTCC to just providing support to privately entered cars. It had announced at the time of quitting Formula1 that it would consider going back to the DTM series since that was more relevant to it. It then said that it would join the DTM series in 2012 and true to its word there will be three BMW teams of two cars each. The teams are BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW Team RBM and BMW Team RMG. Bruno Spengler is one of the three drivers finalized by BMW, the other two being their WTCC regulars Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus. DTM so far has been a two horse race with Mercedes Benz and Audi providing all the cars on the grid. BMW is now the third manufacturer in the fray. DTM has also been attempting to have races outside of Germany and it was once reported that the Buddh International Circuit in India was negotiating for hosting a race in India.