Three-time World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx is sure of achieving 'good moments' in 2015 as the factory BMW driver makes his eagerly anticipated return to the BTCC with West Surrey Racing.

Priaulx joined the defending BTCC champions WSR at the beginning of 2015 after being announced as Colin Turkington's replacement alongside Sam Tordoff and Rob Collard.

The Guernseyman 'learnt his craft' in the BTCC over a decade ago when driving for Vauxhall and Honda before making the move to the ETCC - later forming into the WTCC - where he achieved an unprecedented level of success with BMW.

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Priaulx - who has also raced in the DTM and currently still in Sportscars - feels he has adapted well to the tricky NGTC formula, which he believes is a better match for his driving style.

Nevertheless, the 40-year old was still cautious in predicting where he'll end up after the first round of combat this weekend.

"Well I'm pretty positive," Priaulx told before FP1. "I feel very comfortable in the car. So that's a very positive first impression. I think it's very important when you get in and feel good.

"So far in testing I've really been happy. We've made some improvements to the set up; it's definitely going in the right direction.

"I'm not sure where we stand against the opposition. I think some teams have moved on from last year and in terms of the regulations, a few things have changed but I'm hopeful we can still be competitive - we'll just have to wait and see.

"I actually feel OK with that [the NGTC formula]. It's never easy in any car you ever drive to get a good lap time so you're always going to drive slightly beyond what the car is capable of and that takes confidence. I'm very happy at the moment and all the signs are good.

"Obviously when I was in DTM, it was such a specialist formula which was so complex - ride heights, aero, strategy and everything else. So being back in the BTCC is really what I'm used to, a mechanical car that rolls round a little bit. It's also where a learnt my trade so this is where I feel at home."

Finally, Priaulx - although remaining tight-lipped on forecasting a championship outcome - says this year will be all about establishing himself as a front-running contender.

"I just want to, let's say, expect the best but plan for the worst. As long as I drive well and I get the best from myself, the car and the team that's the most I can ask for. I don't know where that will be but I do believe over the course of the year that there will be good moments," Priaulx continued.

"Missing the weekend at Rockingham - 10 percent of the season - means this year will be about me getting re-established in the series and becoming a frontrunner who can win races."

Priaulx is due to miss the Rockingham round later this year as he dovetails his BTCC campaign alongside American Sportscar and European Le Mans championship commitments.