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Pressure off for Priaulx.

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.”


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Andy Priaulx - BMW Team UK BMW 320si [Pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Rob Huff in action during Sunday morning warm-up at the Guia Circuit in downtown Macau, the final round of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship. Sunday, November 17, 2013. (Photo Credit: FIA WTCC Media)
Rob Huff wins the second race at the Guia Circuit in downtown Macau, the final round of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship. Sunday, November 17, 2013. (Photo Credit: FIA WTCC Media)
Rob Huff wins the second race at the Guia Circuit in downtown Macau, the final round of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship. Sunday, November 17, 2013. (Photo Credit: FIA WTCC Media)
The start of the second race at the Guia Circuit in downtown Macau, the final round of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship. Sunday, November 17, 2013. (Photo Credit: FIA WTCC Media)
The podium for the second race at the Guia Circuit in downtown Macau, the final round of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship. Sunday, November 17, 2013. (Photo Credit: FIA WTCC Media)
The podium for the second race at the Guia Circuit in downtown Macau, the final round of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship. Sunday, November 17, 2013. (Photo Credit: FIA WTCC Media)
The podium for the first race at the Guia Circuit in downtown Macau, the final round of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship. Sunday, November 17, 2013. (Photo Credit: FIA WTCC Media)
Yvan Muller wins the first race at the Guia Circuit in downtown Macau, the final round of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship. Sunday, November 17, 2013. (Photo Credit: FIA WTCC Media)
Yvan Muller wins the first race at the Guia Circuit in downtown Macau, the final round of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship. Sunday, November 17, 2013. (Photo Credit: FIA WTCC Media)
Yvan Muller wins the first race at the Guia Circuit in downtown Macau, the final round of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship. Sunday, November 17, 2013. (Photo Credit: FIA WTCC Media)
Yvan Muller wins the first race at the Guia Circuit in downtown Macau, the final round of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship. Sunday, November 17, 2013. (Photo Credit: FIA WTCC Media)
Yvan Muller in Friday practice and qualifying on the Guia Circuit in downtown Macau ahead of the final round of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship. November 15, 2013. (Photo Credit: FIA WTCC Media)
Yvan Muller in Friday practice and qualifying on the Guia Circuit in downtown Macau ahead of the final round of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship. November 15, 2013. (Photo Credit: FIA WTCC Media)
Yvan Muller in Friday practice and qualifying on the Guia Circuit in downtown Macau ahead of the final round of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship. November 15, 2013. (Photo Credit: FIA WTCC Media)
Yvan Muller in Friday practice and qualifying on the Guia Circuit in downtown Macau ahead of the final round of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship. November 15, 2013. (Photo Credit: FIA WTCC Media)
Pepe Oriola in Thursday practice on the Guia Circuit in downtown Macau ahead of the final round of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship. November 14, 2013. (Photo Credit: FIA WTCC Media)
Pepe Oriola in Thursday practice on the Guia Circuit in downtown Macau ahead of the final round of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship. November 14, 2013. (Photo Credit: FIA WTCC Media)

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