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Knockhill A Big Chance For BMW, Says Andy Priaulx

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Andy Priaulx was left buoyed for the title prospects of BMW after bagging a brace of podiums in the sixth Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting at Snetterton.

The former triple World Touring Car Champion was a consistent front-runner all weekend at the Norfolk circuit for West Surrey Racing, netting results of fifth and two third place finishes on Sunday afternoon as he fought with championship leader Jason Plato.

Speaking to The Checkered Flag afterwards, a brimming Priaulx exclaimed: “It’s been a good one hasn’t it?

“I think that overall, we should very happy to have taken two podiums from the weekend and a lot of points. We closed the gap to the championship leaders and the momentum is in the car going to the next race.”

That visit in question will be to Knockhill on 22/23 August, the Fife circuit very kind to BMW in the past handful of seasons as the German marque have clinched five wins from the past nine BTCC races in Scotland.

Priaulx commented: “Knockhill is a really good track for us, so maybe there we’ll be taking bigger points out of them. I’m closing in.”

Results at Snetterton came as a surprise to the Guernseyman, who believes that the twisty nature of Knockhill will make BMW a force, as emphasis on traction at the circuit’s undulating and tight sections has previously suited the rear-wheel drive machines.

“[Snetterton] isn’t our best track”, Priaulx declared when discussing BMW’s strengths. “I do feel that the next circuit could be like Croft again for us.

“Rockingham is another great track for BMW, so there’s a lot to look forward to for us.”

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