West Surrey Racing's Andy Priaulx isn't holding much hope of ending his comeback British Touring Car Championship campaign with further victories but hopes he can reach the podium at the Brands Hatch finale.

The BMW 125i M Sport driver has left himself with a small mountain to climb in ninth position after his best lap achieved in qualifying was taken away for exceeding the track limits.

Priaulx said he was notified of the officials decision to remove his fastest lap while tackling his final sequence of runs, where a combination of traffic and yellow flags diminished his chances of reclaiming his position up the order.

The 41-year old admits making a play for pole position would have been unrealistic but believes reaching the top-five was perfectly achievable.

"I was really happy with my first run in P2," Priaulx told Crash.net. "But when I came into the pits and took my second set of tyres I found out that my time had been deleted. That was disappointing and then I had nothing but yellow flag flags during my next sequence of laps.

"I managed to squeeze one lap out in traffic, which has put me ninth on the grid for today. I don't think that's representative of our pace. Ultimately, we should be in the top-five. P1 is too far up the road, it's going to be fifth or sixth - that's our pole position."

Echoing his team mate Sam Tordoff's comments from yesterday, Priaulx is mindful that the WSR 1 Series could become vulnerable from attack by the end of straights.

"We've just got to place all of the emphasis on nailing the exit of the corners otherwise we'll be swallowed up today. We've got to maximise that around the whole circuit. The car isn't the best in terms of top speed, we're generating too much drag," Priaulx continued.

"A podium would be nice. It's possible maybe and I never give up so I'll try and steal a win if I can. I took one at Silverstone and that was a track which I hadn't won at since 2008. Anything's possible but I think I'll have to work a miracle I'm afraid."



Loading Comments...