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Triple World Champion Priaulx eyes ‘special’ win at Oulton

Tuesday, June 02 2015

Triple World Champion Andy Priaulx returns to the scene of his Dunlop MSA British Touring Car debut this weekend (6/7 June), determined to score the first victory of his comeback to the series.

The Guernseyman took pole position on his return appearance at Brands Hatch in April, but despite leading the first race and crossing the line just inches behind Gordon Shedden in the second, he has yet to record a win for the reigning champion WSR team.

Nevertheless the experience has been a good one for Andy. "I've enjoyed being back in the BTCC," he said. "It's a fantastic series and I'm learning the rules fast. Of course I was disappointed not to win at Brands but that's all part of the process; a win is on the cards, we have had some bad races recently."

Problems in qualifying delayed Andy at Donington, whilst he was involved in an incident with Adam Morgan at Thruxton. It helps that he wasn't expecting to be too competitive at those circuits: "The last two tracks have not suited our package, we knew that upfront. Let's see how we go this weekend; we have to be conscious that our competitors are not standing still.

"Both BMR and Honda are setting the pace right now and we need to catch them before they run off with the championship. We just need to get the chance to be in the mix, there are many more races to make up the difference and anything can happen between now and Brands at the end of the year."

Oulton Park should certainly suit the rear-wheel-drive BMWs, and last year the Cheshire circuit was where Colin Turkington took a lead that would prove to be unassailable. "Our fightback is every race," he said. "We have been involved in some incidents not of our own doing and need to get a clean race to make up some points and get on the podium."

If Andy did win at Oulton Park, it would be one to savour, for this is where he made his sensational BTCC debut with pole position: "All wins are special and I would love to be on the top step at Oulton, wins with a story to them always get remembered better in the history books."

Tickets for the BTCC at Oulton Park on 6/7 June are available in advance from £26, with free entry for children under 13. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.