COUNTDOWN: MEET THE CONTENDERS The countdown has begun to Britain's round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at Brands Hatch in July, which will see three top-flight British contenders go head-to-head for glory on ...
COUNTDOWN: MEET THE CONTENDERS
The countdown has begun to Britain's round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at Brands Hatch in July, which will see three top-flight British contenders go head-to-head for glory on home territory.
Leading the charge will be Andy Priaulx who has won the WTCC title for the last three years and is Britain's only current World Champion racing driver.
For victory on home soil, the BMW driver will take on fellow brits, the experienced James Thompson, a two-time British Touring Car Champion who is driving for Honda this year, and Chevrolet's up-and-coming talent Rob Huff, who recently claimed his first race win of 2008 at Valencia.
Priaulx knows that he is up against it this year, but the 33 year-old is determined to stop at nothing to ensure that he claims his fourth straight title. A race win at the most recent meeting in Pau last weekend moved him up to fourth in the overall standings, just 12 points behind the leader with 16 races left.
"I'm happy, I know that everyone in BMW Team UK is happy, and we just can't wait for the next race now," said the Guernseyman. Priaulx is well known for delivering some of his best drives under pressure, and the seventh round of the WTCC at Brands Hatch from July 26/27 certainly promises plenty of that.
He attributes much of his success to the fact that he has grown up competing in a massive variety of different machinery, from offshore powerboats to Formula 3 single-seaters. Priaulx has won events as diverse as the British Hillclimb Championship and the Nurburgring 24 Hours, and has also been a Formula 1 test-driver. The unexpected has become second nature for him.
The same could be said of Priaulx's motorsport career: from scraping out a living as a race instructor while living in a caravan, he has become one of Britain's most successful motorsport personalities. As a winner at Brands Hatch last year, Priaulx will be on an all-out attack to make his dream of a fourth straight WTCC title a reality.
Tickets are already on sale via the Brands Hatch website with adult admission on Sunday 27 July costing 30 GBP at the gate, but only 24 GBP if you book online at www.motorsportvision.co.uk, with an online weekend ticket costing 34 GBP. Children aged 12 and under go free. Advance booking is available from the Ticket Hotline on 0870 9 50 9000 and closes at noon on Wednesday 23 July.
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