Andy Priaulx rebounded from a heavy accident in practice to secure a solid top ten qualifying position ahead of the latest rounds of the World Touring Car Championship in Pau.
The BMW Team UK driver had left his team with work to do after he put his BMW 320si into the unforgiving walls at the French street circuit during the second of two wet practice sessions.
It left the car with damage to the front and rear suspension as well as to the steering but the RBM-run squad was able to get the car ready in time for Priaulx to head out for qualifying.
“I came out of the last corner, lost the car and hit the wall,” he said. “I suppose I could say I ran out of talent mid corner! I ended up like a ping pong ball hitting the barriers on either side. The guys did a great job putting it right and I am sorry for them not to have found that important clear lap.”
Unfortunately for Priaulx, he found traffic to be an issue during the qualifying session and that, allied to a series of yellow flags, meant the Guernseyman had to settle for seventh on the grid.
“Street circuits suit my driving style as I like to be close to the walls,” he said. “When you put a good lap together here it is very rewarding and good fun, so I wish I could have found the way to do that today. However, we have got to race yet and seeing the amount of carnage in the races so far this weekend shows us anything can happen.”