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Priaulx's qualifying gamble fails

Andy Priaulx admitted that his gamble in qualifying for the World Touring Car Championship season opener had failed to pay off after he qualified tenth on the grid in Brazil.

The Curitiba race weekend marked the debut for the WTCC's new-look qualifying session, which saw all cars on track for 20 minutes of running before the top-ten drivers then went through to a ten minute long shootout – as seen in Formula One.

Priaulx had lost time in practice due to a brake issue, but successfully made his way through to the qualifying shootout with the sixth quickest time. The BMW Team UK man then elected to gamble on leaving his qualifying run to the end of the session while rivals SEAT went out early and en-masse to try and benefit from a tow.

However, the gamble didn't pay off and Priaulx could only post the tenth quickest time but he said he was still happy with the set-up of his car ahead of race day.

“I am disappointed with the result, especially as I am confident I have a good car for the race,” he said. “Our strategy didn't work out but I am very happy with my car as we have worked hard on getting it right for the race.

“We lost a set of tyres with a brake caliper problem in the morning, but I now just need to concentrate on getting the best start and overtaking as many cars as I can.”


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Andy Priaulx during practice in Brazil
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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)
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Tom Coronel (ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC) wins race 2 at Suzuka, Japan on Sunday, September 22 2013. (Photo Credit: WTCC Media)
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