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Priaulx: I had the pace to win at Brands

Andy Priaulx was left to reflect on a missed opportunity to secure victory in his home round of the World Touring Car Championship despite picking up two points finishes from the Brands Hatch weekend.

The BMW Team UK driver headed into the weekend still looking for his first win of the season and looked good for a home pole before being knocked back to the second row of the grid by Chevrolet duo Alain Menu and Rob Huff as the end of qualifying.

Priaulx hed third behind the pair when the race kicked off but despite his best efforts, was unable to find a way past Huff as the race progressed and had to settle for the final step on the podium.

Once again in race two, Priaulx found himself stuck behind a slower car as he spent the race dicing with the SEAT of Gabriele Tarquini – with the Italian making the most of the extra torque on his diesel engine to stay ahead.

It leaves Priaulx still hunting for his first victory of the campaign although the Guernseyman said he was sure it wasn't far away.

“I really wanted a win today and I had a car that was faster than the guys in front in both races,” he said. “I had some good battles with Rob Huff and Gabriele Tarquini and was faster than them, but I could just not make any of my moves stick. I tried on many occasions but they defended heavily and it is difficult to overtake round this track.

“I have the speed this year to win, but it just hasn't happened to date. Hopefully that will come later in the season.”



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Andy Priaulx (GBR) BMW 320
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
WTCC race of Austria at the Salzburgring. Tiago Monteiro (Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team) Photo Credit: Honda Europe/David Noels
WTCC race of Austria at the Salzburgring. Gabriele Tarquini (Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team) Photo Credit: Honda Europe/David Noels
WTCC race of Austria at the Salzburgring. Tiago Monteiro (Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team) Photo Credit: Honda Europe/David Noels
WTCC race of Austria at the Salzburgring. Honda Fan Zone paddock entertainment unit (Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team) Photo Credit: Honda Europe/David Noels

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Racefan - Unregistered

July 23, 2009 9:46 AM

Really don't know what the deal is this year with the SEAT's, the acceleration advantage they had at Brands was just silly, although I will also acknowledge that it hasn't necessarily been so everywhere else this year. I assume the FIA are working on the basis that over the season it'll level out but I still think that mixing different specifications in a race series as close as the WTCC is not good. Tarquinis driving in keeping Andy behind was very borderline legal in some cases and I suppose you could argue both were driving to the strenghts of their own cars but it's not really my idea of close racing.



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