Andy Priaulx has admitted that BMW Team UK has to improve after the former World Touring Car Champion failed to score on the first race weekend in Morocco.
Priaulx managed to make it through to the top ten shootout in qualifying, although he was unable to take part after receiving outside assistance during Q1 following an incident with fellow BMW runner Sergio Hernandez.
The opening race saw Priaulx lose out on the run to turn one and from that point onwards, he was forced to defend from cars behind as he finished down in tenth place and his chances of points in race two disappeared when he locked a wheel and ran wide – flatspotting a tyre in the process.
The Guernseyman then returned to the pits to retire in the closing laps and he admitted he was disappointed with how the weekend had panned out.
“I have to admit we were just not quick enough here,” he said. “From eighth on the grid I had to do a lot of defending at the race one rolling start. However, I was mugged on the way down to the first corner. Then I found myself defending all race long.
“Race two was no better. I flat spotted my tyres and then the car felt as if a caliper had gone and I came in before the last lap to see what the problem was. By then my race was well and truly over.”
Priaulx will now look to bounce back when the series heads to Europe later this month for the event at Pau, although the BMW ace concedes there is work to be done to take the fight to SEAT and Chevrolet.
“I love street races and the next on the agenda is Pau. That was a good race as I won there and, in fact, it was a BMW 320si on the top step of the podium for both races as Augusto also won. We know we need to improve to beat both SEAT and Chevrolet and I know we shall be doing a lot of hard work over the next few weeks.”