West Surrey Racing's Andy Priaulx admits he leaves the Snetterton meeting of the British Touring Car Championship with a 'tinge of frustration' despite achieving two strong podium results aboard the BMW 125i M Sport.

For the second race meeting in a row, the former triple World Touring Car champion finished twice on the rostrum with a duo of third place finishes in races two and three - moving the BMW driver up to seventh place in point's standings.

However, Priaulx felt the performance of his BMW could have given him a front-row starting slot in race two had he not spent the majority of the first race tucked up behind the Honda of Matt Neal - leaving him sixth on the grid for the following encounter.

A blistering race two getaway immediately launched the WSR driver into third position behind the WIX Racing Mercedes of Adam Morgan but Priaulx was unable to force a move past the inch-perfect Morgan.

"It was a mega good day for me to get two third place finishes after two really strong races," Priaulx told crash.net "I'm very happy but there's also a tinge of frustration because I think there was a race win in the car.

"If I had got past Matt [Neal] quicker than I did, I could have got a front-row for race two - but that's OK because we've been strong all weekend.

"Morgan actually defended the second race really well. He didn't make a single mistake and kept me behind. I had more speed in the car. I had more speed in race one and race two than I had in race three."

Nevertheless, Priaulx believes the momentum is now starting to swing into his favour as the championship gears up for its annual visit to Knockhill, in two weekend's time - prime BMW territory.

Due to his European Le Mans commitments with BMW, Priaulx is still set to miss the Rockingham round of the BTCC season, which would all but rule him out of the title race.

"We knew this track would be difficult for us. So to do so well here gives us a lot of optimism for the next race at Knockhill, which is a good one for us," Priaulx continued.

"It was still a very positive weekend for me. The last three races I feel like I've been fighting pole and wins and have been able to put some solid weekends together and win some races. The championship is coming to me.

"Knockhill is going to be good for us and I think we can be somewhere near the hunt towards the end of the year.

"I've got to go to Knockhill and try to win a couple of races, let's see. Last year the car did win a lot of races but things have moved on this year. It's a lot closer and there's a lot more cars at the front, it's much more competitive this year."



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