BMW Driver Andy Priaulx Talks about the 2014 USCC

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After 2 years with BMW’s RBM Team in the DTM, British driver, Andy Priaulx is set to start a new chapter in his life, racing with BMW Team RLL in the Unite SportsCar Championship, the one that will be making its debut this year.
The USCC will replace the American Le Mans Series and the Rolex Sports Car Series, merging them into one competition that is poised to be very entertaining. As BMW was already taking part in the ALMS with the Z4 GTE, the same car will be entering USCC in 2014.

“The DTM didn‘t bring me what I wanted it to bring, however, I think as a driver it has really helped me. There are areas, maybe not necessarily in my driving but psychologically, where these DTM years have made me stronger”, Priaulx said.

“I am looking forward to the future with a big smile on my face because I am staying with BMW, it is an important championship, it is an important year for me and, most of all, I am driving a fantastic car in a great country, so I can‘t really complain,” he added, talking about his future in motorsport.

Being a triple World Touring Championship winner, Andy already knows a wide variety of tracks but this will be the first time he races in the US so he’ll have to learn a lot of new circuits, on which he is eager to race:

“I have always enjoyed new tracks. I have generally liked going to new tracks, learning them, and putting them on my CV. I think I have a fairly good process. I talk to drivers who have been there, I have a simulator set up at home , I also look at onboards and bring all that information together. But there is no better experience than driving it in reality.  So to get to a track early before you race there is a really important aspect.”

However, not all tracks will be new to him: “Sebring was great as we won there, but the track I am most looking forward to is Watkins Glen. I know it is a really fast track and also has a brilliant history as I remember way back with the Grands Prixs there. I am looking forward to Watkins Glen and Laguna Seca as well. There are some great tracks this year in the championship.”

I for one, wish him all the luck in the world and hope that he’ll deliver even more good results in this new endeavor.
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