Andy Priaulx admits he is enjoying his first visit to Macau without the added pressure of a title to think about as he produced his best qualifying position of the World Touring Car season.
Outgoing champion Priaulx, who has won all three of his WTCC titles at the Macau season finale, is not in the championship fight this year, but has given himself a good chance of snatching third place after qualifying second on the grid.
The best of the BMW contingent and his best starting position of the season, Priaulx admits he is enjoying the challenging Macau circuit properly safe in the knowledge that there isn't a possible title at stake.
“To be honest, it is nice to come here with no pressure for a change. I want to finish the season as well as possible. I am a racing driver like the other guys and sometimes in my career it has all been about a win and winning is going to be very important for me on Sunday if it is possible.”
Qualifying behind Alain Menu, Priaulx even followed the Swiss driver on his pole winning lap, a lesson in precision driving that the Guernseyman could not help but praise.
“To be fair he didn't have a lot of choice. Thanks to Alain because I think a lot of guys would try to make it difficult for me before the lap started. It was a pleasure to watch his pole position lap as it was really nicely driven and I had a good seat.
“I am very pleased being where I am. It has been a tough year for me but it is nice to be at the front again.”