Brands Hatch: Andy Priaulx preview

Priaulx looks forward to the WTCC debut at Brands Hatch. Munich, 15th May 2006. This weekend, the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit will celebrate its debut as a World Touring Car Championship venue, with the series holding rounds five and six at...

Priaulx looks forward to the WTCC debut at Brands Hatch.

Munich, 15th May 2006. This weekend, the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit will celebrate its debut as a World Touring Car Championship venue, with the series holding rounds five and six at the 4.22-kilometre track located in the South East of England. Andy Priaulx (GBR) is currently the championship leader with 21 points and naturally he will be trying to add further points to his tally during his home event at Brands Hatch. However, a difficult task lies ahead of the reigning world champion and BMW Team UK - RBM, headed by Bart Mampaey (BEL). Following race wins in Monza and in Magny-Cours, Priaulx is required to take 70kg of additional weight on board his BMW 320si WTCC.

His competitors from the other BMW national teams are keen on seizing the opportunity to challenge the local hero's lead in the overall championship standings. The BMW Team Germany drivers are, however, also forced to drive with handicap weight aboard their cars. Jörg Müller (GER), who leaped to third position in the standings by twice finishing runner-up in Magny-Cours, will start with 45kg of additional weight. His team-mate, Dirk Müller (GER), returns into the cockpit of the BMW 320si WTCC after his appearance as Formula One driver in the BMW Sauber F1 Team's Pit Lane Park in Spain, and will have to enter the two sprint races with 35kg of handicap weight. On the other hand, BMW Team Italy-Spain drivers Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) and Marcel Costa (ESP) can look forward to racing without any extra ballast. BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen will attend both races since Formula One is enjoying a free weekend.

Following the WTCC races, Priaulx is scheduled to take part in two more events in his native country: At the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, which takes place on 11th June, the 31-year-old will drive the car of the BMW Sauber F1 Team in the specially erected BMW Sauber F1 Team Pit Lane Park. Less than a month later, from 7th to 9th July, Priaulx will make his debut appearance at the classic Goodwood Festival of Speed.  At the wheel of the Formula One car he will thrill the crowd once more.

Andy Priaulx (BMW Team UK):
"I'm really looking forward to my home event at Brands Hatch. Last year, the fans at Silverstone showed me great support and I think it will be just the same at Brands Hatch. However, I wouldn't say that I will enjoy a home advantage. Many of the WTCC drivers have been competing in the BTCC in the past and know the circuit just as well as I do. Furthermore, the additional kilos won't make things easier for me. Still, I'm highly motivated. As Formula BMW UK Championship instructor, I'm also going to support my protégés during the weekend, as the young talent series is going to hold two rounds at Brands Hatch as part of the accompanying programme of the WTCC event. And in the next few weeks, the British motor racing fans will have more opportunities to see me racing."

-bmw

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Dirk Müller , Jorg Muller , Marcel Costa , Mario Theissen , Bart Mampaey
Teams Sauber