World champion Priaulx scores podium finish for BMW in Valencia.
Valencia, 18th May 2008. Andy Priaulx (GB) of BMW Team UK claimed his second podium result in this year's FIA World Touring Car Championship. At Valencia's "Circuit de la Comunitat" he finished third in the sixth round of the season. In the first race of the day the reigning World Champion finished seventh. BMW Team Germany driver Jorg Muller (DE) also collected points at what was the series' maiden event on European soil in 2008. His team-mate Augusto Farfus (BR) and BMW Team Italy- Spain's Alessandro Zanardi (IT) and Felix Porteiro (ES), however, failed to make it into the top-eight in either race. Victory in the two sprint races at the 4.005-kilometre track went to Chevrolet's Robert Huff (GB) and Alain Menu (CH).
In the Drivers' Championship, Priaulx now has 22 points under his belt and ranks fifth as the best-placed BMW driver. Muller follows in sixth with 20 points. With a points tally of 59, BMW currently lies in third place in the manufacturers' classification.
Andy Priaulx (BMW Team UK):
"All in all a good weekend for me. The whole of race one was a really big scrap for me. But I come here to win races and championships and I think I got the best out of the weekend I could possibly expect. My target was seven points, so to get one more than I thought I was able to get was great."
Jorg Muller (BMW Team Germany):
"My fastest lap in race one shows how competitive my car was today. Probably I could have gone even faster, but it's just really difficult to overtake these SEAT diesels. In the second race I made a good start, but later had to let Robert Huff pass. But the most important fact is I scored solid points after the Puebla wash-out."
Augusto Farfus (BMW Team Germany):
"I just want to leave this weekend behind me as quickly as possible. We had a fantastic package, the performance was great, but I'm still leaving Valencia empty- handed. My chase in race two turned out to be in vain."
Felix Porteiro (BMW Team Italy-Spain):
"I certainly had different hopes for my home event in Spain. At the beginning of the first race I was hit by another car and a wheel-rim broke. Pit stops cost a lot of time in WTCC, so I had to bid farewell to my ambition to score points. At least I was able to entertain the fans with lots of overtaking manoeuvres in race two."
Alessandro Zanardi (BMW Team Italy-Spain):
"I might leave Valencia without any points under my belt, but I go home with some positive feedback. We have a good race performance, and I only need to be more consistent in qualifying. Today I just suffered another dose of bad luck."