Andy Priaulx has admitted the opening two races of this season's DTM campaign has left the Brit impressed with the 'closeness of competition'.

Priaulx, along with his employers BMW, has enjoyed a relatively strong start to the campaign, after notching up a top six finish at the Hockenheim season opener while team-mate Bruno Spengler surprised everyone with a shock victory last time out at the Lausitzring, handing BMW their first DTM victory since 1992.

"The closeness of competition is very impressive," Priaulx said. "When you have less than a second covering the top 18 in a session you know just how tough it is going to be."

The Guernseyman, however, goes on to add the smallest of error's will leave anyone brutally exposed in a field so closely matched.

"We are still learning and so it is easy to make a small mistake in the car's setup and it can cost you ten places. Having said this, it is also great to see all the hard work put in by BMW Motorsport has paid off."

Despite a disappointing weekend at the Lausitzring, Priaulx believes he has adapted well to both the competition and the car, leaving the rookie optimistic for the rest of the season.

"I believe I have adapted well to the DTM and I have been extremely pleased with my personal performances," Priaulx enthused. "Hockenheim was really pleasing and even more so my race pace was very strong.

"Lausitzring was a tough weekend but it was fantastic to see BMW win so early in the season, that gives me so much more hope and focus for the future."

by Simon Evans

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