Priaulx holds high hopes for Zandvoort

by Phil Kinch

Three-time WTCC Champion Andy Priaulx is enduring a tough return to top-flight touring car racing as he competes in The 2019 FIA Touring Car Cup (WTCR).

Last weekend in Slovakia saw the Cyan Performance driver have a difficult time on the Slovakiaring, which was a venue where the Lynk & Co 03 TCR was expected to thrive, thanks to its saloon shape allied with the long fast corners and straights of the circuit.

Slovakia proved to be a challenging weekend for the Lynk & Co driver. Credit: Florent Gooden / DPPI

However, it turned out to be a weekend to forget for the Guernseyman. After two difficult qualifying sessions on Friday, Prialux finished twenty-first in race one. He improved to finish eighteenth in race two and ended the weekend in twenty-second place in race three.

“We could see from the outset that it wasn’t going to be our weekend, but we kept fighting until the end and brought the cars home undamaged,” explained Priaulx after a difficult weekend.

The 2019 Race of the Netherlands is next up in the 2019 FIA Touring Car Cup (WTCR) with the series returning to Zandvoort for a second year in a row. Last years event was very popular with the drivers, teams and fans alike, setting up this year’s event to be even bigger.

Priaulx is eager to get back to scoring points this weekend in Zandvoort. Credit: Florent Gooden / DPPI

Whilst this is a new track for the Lynk & Co 03 TCR, the Cyan Performance driver is returning to a circuit he knows very well. However, The four-time champion is also aware of the challenges the circuit holds.

“I have been there for testing and racing an awful lot and some of the most exciting races I have been involved in and seen have happened there,” said Priaulx.

“This place can throw anything at you weather wise with the North Sea being so close. Also, the wind blows the sand onto the track from the dunes, so this is an added problem as tyre degradation is high.”

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