BMW's Andy Priaulx hopes to revitalise his DTM season after enduring a disappointing weekend at Brands Hatch in front of his home fans.

Having competed in three rounds, Priaulx suffered his first DTM retirement thanks to a broken splitter after being edged of the road going into Graham Hill bend.

Priaulx conceded an average start on his part, coupled with an intensely close field was the cause of his demise.

"It was a tough day," Priaulx told "The splitter was damaged during the third corner on the opening lap.

"I got into a bit of a scrap thanks to making an average start. The middle of the grid pulls you back, the front of the grid pulls you forward."

The Guernseyman also admitted it would have been difficult to make his way up the order given the problems he encountered for most of the weekend, pinpointing a lack of grip and performance.

"It would be optimistic to say I would have been able to make my way up the order," added Priaulx. "Generally I'm missing a bit of grip and performance on the used tyre but these cars are so sensitive that the smallest detail and can make a big difference, so I'm not worried."

Again, Priaulx remains encouraged thanks to his team's current success and believes he can compete in a fashion similar to his performance at Hockenheim.

"The aim is to find the issues, work on the issues and hopefully move forward again. I hope to be back where I started my DTM career which was a top six at Hockenheim," he concluded.

by Simon Evans