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Priaulx thrilled with double podium

Andy Priaulx picks up 18 points from the Okayama WTCC weekend with a second win of the year being following by a strong podium in race two
Andy Priaulx enjoyed a fine weekend at Okayama with a double podium in the penultimate round of the World Touring Car Championship season.

The BMW Team UK driver secured a slot on the front row of the grid at the Japanese circuit and quickly moved into the lead of the opening race as he headed a BMW 1-2 ahead of Jorg Muller.

From eighth on the grid, Priaulx avoided carnage at the start of lap two as a number of drivers fell off the circuit and jumped up to second place behind Augusto Farfus as BMW again locked out the top two steps of the podium.

“What a fantastic weekend,” he said. “I came to Japan to have good races and enjoy myself and I achieved both these aims. I want to say a big thank you to my RBM boys who gave me a great car. The weather was pretty bad, but I stayed out of trouble. In race two particularly it was a bit difficult as everything bunched together into the first corner and I picked the inside line and avoided any contact. Then Jorg was in front of me and he ran wide so I was through into second.”

Priaulx will now look to help BMW overhaul SEAT for the manufacturers' title in the season finale in Macau, with just three points separating the rivals going into the remaining two races.

“I just love the track and everything about Macau,” he said. “It is one of the most challenging in the sport and I don't think I have ever come across a driver that doesn't instantly fall in love with it. This year my performance has perhaps been the best of my career, but sadly the results have not always reflected that.

“I know I have the speed so I am heading to Macau feeling very positive for a good final two races. It is also great to see that BMW has closed in on SEAT for the manufacturers' championship. I reckon we could see two very exciting races in November.”



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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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Harry. - Unregistered

November 01, 2009 3:34 PM

If we are talking about Eurosports British coverage then the main commentator today was not the usual guy.The Scottish 'expert' was I think Peter Dumbreck who to the best of my knowledge has never been a touring car driver? I do agree with Smoking Jo however about the mangling of the English language,surely they do not pay this man for such drivel?



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