BMW are heading to Brands Hatch this weekend in a positive mood as Andy Priaulx looks to win in front of his home crowd.
The German manufacturer have a good track record at the Kent circuit with Priaulx taking a win at Brands Hatch in 2007 and team-mate Augusto Farfus winning last year.
Team Principal Bart Mampaey believes the BMW 320si is suited to Brands Hatch: “Traditionally, the BMW 320si WTCC performs very well at Brands Hatch. We use the shorter rear-axle transmission there, which suits us. Last year both Andy and Augusto started the first race from the second row, which just goes to show how well they get to grips with Brands Hatch and like the circuit.”
Looking ahead to qualifying he said the team were looking to finish in the top eight for the best chance to attack in the race.
“It goes without saying this is a special event for Andy. After the long and successful cooperation with BMW UK, the races in Great Britain are also very special for our team.”
Priaulx is understandably excited about this weekend: “I really love this circuit, and not only because I enjoy a home advantage at Brands Hatch, which I consider to be a bit of a mini Nurburgring-Nordschleife.” says the Brit.
Despite his love for the circuit he knows the disadvantages he could face if he slips up.
“Overtaking can be difficult, and mistakes are easily made. Brands Hatch looks back on a long tradition, which you can really feel. I can’t think of a single driver who does not look forward to this event. We are on a roll and so I am hoping to keep this positive momentum to give all British fans something to cheer about on that weekend.”
Farfus is happy to be heading to the track that has been good to him before: “I scored a victory in Brands Hatch last year. I was on pole position in 2008. So this circuit is definitely one that suits me. I’m really happy we will now finally compete on a track that should be good for our car. It was good to pick up points in both races in PortimÃ£o. However, I obviously want to get back onto the podium. Hopefully I’ll manage precisely that at Brands Hatch.”