West Surrey Racing's Andy Priaulx has confirmed he will miss rounds 22, 23 and 24 of the British Touring Car Championship at Rockingham in order to fulfill his factory BMW ELMS commitments at the Circuit Paul Ricard.

Another competitive outing at Knockhill has left Priaulx with an outside chance of claiming this season's title in sixth position but the triple World Touring Car champion's European Le Mans schedule had long been set in stone prior to joining the BTCC.

Priaulx currently sits joint fifth in the ELMS drivers' standings with his factory supported MarcVDS squad also sharing that position in the teams' table.

While Priaulx said he was disappointed to miss next weekend's Rockingham event, the BMW driver also admitted it was a nice problem to inherit by fighting for two championship's.

"Whilst it's gut wrenching to miss any racing, my works programme was defined long before we committed to BTCC, naturally we would want to win both championships for BMW and we still can, however I will be racing at Paul Ricard continuing my commitment to bring home the ELMS trophy," said Priaulx.

"This does not mean a lack of commitment to BTCC and even missing Rockingham we will have a suitable replacement to help us in our challenge for the manufacturers trophy, I have always been loyal to my contracts with BMW and my sponsors IHG Rewards Club(R) and it's great challenging for two championships, it's a nice problem to have."

West Surrey Racing will announce Priaulx's replacement for Rockingham in due course.



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