Andy PRIAULX, BMW Team UK 2nd in Race 1 and 2nd in Race 2 2005 FIA WORLD TOURING CAR CHAMPION "It is really just a strange feeling at the moment. Macau is so special. To qualify on pole meant a lot but I felt that only 10% of the work was done.
Andy PRIAULX, BMW Team UK
2nd in Race 1 and 2nd in Race 2
2005 FIA WORLD TOURING CAR CHAMPION
"It is really just a strange feeling at the moment. Macau is so special. To qualify on pole meant a lot but I felt that only 10% of the work was done. After Race 1 was over and I learnt Dirk had finished 10th and Giovanardi did not finish, it looked good for me. The pressure was still there though. It was great during the race when I heard I was world champion. This year was harder than last year; it really has been a tough season but I was always focused on the end result. I feel we have been quick at important times and this has been key."
Dr Mario THEISSEN, BMW Motorsport Director
"There have only been two touring car world champions and I am very happy that both were BMW drivers and Andy is one of them. Last year when Andy won the ETCC we gave him a test drive in a Formula 1 car as a gift. I think we will now have to invent a whole new series because you can't better that."
Augusto FARFUS, Alfa Romeo Racing 1st in Race 1 and 3rd in Race 2
"I feel really great that I have achieved my first race win. It was my first time here and before we came, all the other drivers kept saying `you wait, it's so difficult.' I think it is the hardest track in the championship but I learnt it fast and did my job. I have had great fun this weekend."
Duncan HUISMAN, BMW Team Holland 6th in Race 1 and 1st in Race 2
"It's good to be back in Macau. The fact that I had no ballast was no disadvantage shall we say. I think I had some bad luck. In qualifying it was so difficult to get a good time with the red flags and then in Race 1 I hit Giovanardi when he crashed. I was lucky to finish and in such a position that enabled me to go on to win Race 2."
Rickard RYDELL, SEAT Sport 3rd in Race 1 and 7th in Race 2
"I'm not sure I could have won Race 1 because the Leon is not that fast on the straight and it was quite difficult. I had Dirk behind me so in order to stop him from overtaking I had to go slow at the beginning of the lap then push to get a gap before we hit the straight. I'm really pleased with this result. Now we need to work on the car a bit more for next year."
Alain MENU, Chevrolet Racing 5th in Race 1 and DSQ in Race 2
"This result is great for Chevrolet and the team. It was our aim this season to finish on the podium and it has finally been achieved, on the last race, and on a difficult circuit. This championship is very competitive and as a newcomer it has been tough for Chevrolet. We want to be fighting for wins next year so there will be lots of hard work happening over the winter." NB Menu was exluded, but the team have appealed the decision
Stefano D'ASTE, Proteam Motorsport 11th in Race 1 and DNF in Race 2
"I was involved in the accident at the start of Race 1 and was hit badly at the back of my car. For the whole race I had bad pain in my back and it hurt to push the clutch, which was especially problematic here because you have to use it a lot. The car was good, the team was good, I am happy with the win."
Giuseppe CIRÒ, Proteam Motorsport DNF in Race 1 and 8th in Race 2
"This is a good result considering it is my first professional championship at such a high level. To be honest I came here with hopes of winning the independent trophy but after the accident in Race 1 I knew this was not possible. However, I have to give my thanks to my team and mechanics who enabled me to go out and win in Race 2."