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Double score for Priaulx in Spain

Andy Priaulx secured two solid points finishes in Spain after battling back from a tough qualifying session in Valencia.

The former World Touring Car Championship title winner could manage only 14th on the grid ahead of race day but produced a solid run in the opening race to come through the field to fifth place.

That gave the BMW Team UK driver fourth on the grid for race two and he kept his position through to the finish despite a race long battle with Gabriele Tarquini, with Priaulx unable to find a way past the Italian to take a place on the podium.

"I am relieved to leave Spain with some solid points in the bag which have allowed me to move up two places in the drivers' championship," he said. "It was a tough weekend and I certainly enjoyed some good racing.

"The track produced some surprises and it was good for BMW to get its first win of the year, although I am disappointed it was not me on the top step of the podium. Now I am looking forward to the next race in Brno, as I really enjoy that circuit.”


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Andy Priaulx - BMW 320si [Pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Franz Engstler - Liqui Moly BMW 320si [credit: FIA WTCC]
Citroen tests new C-Elysee at Valencia [pic credit: Citroen Racing]
Citroen tests new C-Elysee at Valencia [pic credit: Citroen Racing]
Citroen tests new C-Elysee at Valencia [pic credit: Citroen Racing]
Tom Coronel (ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC) wins race 2 at Suzuka, Japan on Sunday, September 22 2013. (Photo Credit: WTCC Media)
Tom Coronel (ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC) wins race 2 at Suzuka, Japan on Sunday, September 22 2013. (Photo Credit: WTCC Media)
General Honda Civic WTCC team and paddock atmosphere in Japan - Sunday, September 22 2013. (Photo Copyright: Honda Europe / Naoki Kobayashi)
Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team`s Tiago Monteiro in action in race 1 in Japan - Sunday, September 22 2013. (Photo Copyright: Honda Europe / Naoki Kobayashi)
Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team`s Tiago Monteiro on the starting grid for race 1 in Japan - Sunday, September 22 2013. (Photo Copyright: Honda Europe / Naoki Kobayashi)
Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Tiago Monteiro Sunday, September 22 2013. (Photo Copyright: Honda Europe / Naoki Kobayashi)
Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team`s Gabriele Tarquini Sunday, September 22 2013. (Photo Copyright: Honda Europe / Naoki Kobayashi)
Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team driver Takuya Izawa Sunday, September 22 2013. (Photo Copyright: Honda Europe / Naoki Kobayashi)
Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team`s Tiago Monteiro at Suzuka, Japan. Sunday, September 22 2013. (Photo Copyright: Honda Europe / Naoki Kobayashi)
Tom Coronel - ROAL BMW 320 TC [Pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Mehdi Bennani - Proteam BMW 320 TC [Pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Jose Maria Lopez - Wiechers Sport, BMW 320 TC [Pic credit: FIA WTCC]
WTCC race of Austria at the Salzburgring. Honda Racing hospitality paddock unit (Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team) Photo Credit: Honda Europe/David Noels

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