Former triple WTCC champion Andy Priaulx said there will be no excuses upon his return to the British Tour Cars Championships after penning a deal with West Surrey Racing for 2015.

The Guernseyman's comeback to BTCC was revealed at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham and he is relishing the 'elbows out' racing the series provides. Priaulx last competed in the BTCC in 2002 before being crowned European Touring Car Champion in 2004 and winning the WTCC three times.

"I have been away from UK racing for nearly 14 years and these guys are real specialists, year-in-year-out," Priaulx said. "The tracks change each year, conditions change, rules change and cars change. So I've got to get myself back in and the team are going to have to help me out."

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Priaulx will team mate Sam Tordoff for WSR and makes a return to the series for the first time since 2002, when he competed for Honda Racing. The former champion brings the backing of long time sponsor IHG Rewards Club to Dick Bennett's WSR.

Despite Priaulx's wariness about the level of competition in BTCC and the length of time he has been away from the series, the 40-year-old believes he will have the package to win.

He said: "I'm confident I'm going to have a good year ahead. I've got the team and I've got the car so I've got no excuses."

The deal to bring Priaulx back to the BTCC was sealed over the Christmas period and the driver explained he'll need plenty of testing to get up to speed on a highly competitive grid.

"It is about getting my programme and my testing right and making sure I'm comfortable with everything around me," he added. "There are going to be new people and new engineers around me so it is going to be a lot to take in. You always go through growing pains but it is all part of the process."

Priaulx said he was fascinated with last season's thrilling championship finale which saw Colin Turkington claim his second BTCC title.

"Last year was one of the most competitive years in British Touring Car history, with three or four in the hunt to win and I think 2015 will be the same," Priaulx predicted. "With everyone getting their programmes together it is going to be a bumper year and I just can't wait to begin."

The driver also confirmed he will be competing in the European Le Mans series and United Sports Car Championship in 2015 with BMW. For the BTCC, the WSR will race a rear-wheel drive BMW 1 series.

"The car looks fantastic, it is the first time I've seen it and it looks great. It looks absolutely stunning."