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In Pictures: Bruno Spengler's rise to world champion racer

Canadian driver set to defend his 2012 title as the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season starts Sunday

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A collage of photos from Bruno Spengler’s childhood that his father, Alexis, keeps in the family home at St-Hippolyte, Que.

Courtesy of Alexis Spengler

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Spengler behind the wheel of his 2003 F3 car.

Courtesy of Anne Roy

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Spengler at his first test with Mercedes in 2005 at the Italian Circuit of Mugello.

Wolfgang Wilhelm/Mercedes-Benz

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Spengler driving his AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse 2004 at the 2005 race on the Istanbul Park Circuit in Turkey where he took his second career points finish with Mercedes. He finished eighth.

Mercedes-Benz

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Spengler celebrates his first career DTM win at the Norisring Circuit with teammate Mika Häkkinen. It came in his fifth race after switching to a factory team at the beginning of the 2006 season. Häkkinen was third.

Wolfgang Wilhelm/Mercedes-Benz

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Bruno Spengler on the podium at the 2006 race at the Norisring following his first career DTM win.

Wolfgang Wilhelm/Mercedes-Benz

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Spengler talking with Mercedes press officer Wolfgang Schattling prior to a media breakfast at the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

Mercedes-Benz

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Spengler’s BMW Team Schnitzer had a cake delivered to the team garage in celebration of his 29th birthday on August 23, 2012.

BMW

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Spengler performs his trademark hood surf after taking BMW’s first DTM win in more than 20 years at the Lausitzring in early May, 2012.

BMW Motorsport

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Spengler hugs his mechanics in the Winner’s Circle after scoring his third victory of the 2012 season at the Oschersleben Circuit.

BMW Motorsport

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Spengler signs autographs at the Hockenheim Circuit on the Friday before his dramatic season ending win that sealed the championship.

BMW

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Spengler crosses the finish line to win the season final in Hockenheim, a victory that delivered the 2012 DTM crown by a slim three points over rival Gary Paffet of Mercedes.

BMW Motorsport

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Spengler takes delivery of his personal BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition at the BMW M factory in Garching, near Munich, on April 29.

BMW

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Bruno Spengler and Philippe Létourneau pose in front of one of 54 Limited edition BMW M3s made to celebrate the Canadian’s 2012 DTM championship.

BMW Canada

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