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What happened to Andy Priaulx?

Discussion in 'Motorsports' started by Bram, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. Bram

    Bram
    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    He isn't on the BMW driver line up anymore for the 2014 DTM season. Is he driving in the states exclusively instead?
     
  2. Yes he is. Priaulx is now running the BMW Z4 in the United Sportscar Championship. However, I would not be surprised if he did something along the lines of the Bathurst 1000 or the Spa 24.
     
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  3. Bram

    Bram
    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    Hmm his career isn't really moving in the right direction since his heydays in WTCC.

    Would have loved to see him another year in DTM but I fear his weak performance of last season costed him.
     
  4. Here you go Bram, this is an article from the TouringCarTimes news sight: TouringCarTimes | Why the DTM will miss Andy Priaulx

    Basically, the DTM cars did not suit his driving style. I remember reading elsewhere that they actually handled quite like open wheeled cars (that is why racers like Paul Di Resta raced in DTM before proceeding to F1) and Andy really could not get a grip on open wheeled cars. This is seen in this excerpt from Wikipedia about him: "His career stalled somewhat when he returned to British Formula 3 in 2000–01. He had some success at this level, but despite finishing sixth in the championship in 2001 was unable to progress further up the single-seater ladder."

    At first, I was quite excited about the United SportsCar Championship an Andy's involvement in it, but after Sebring I feel NASCAR has completely botched the series with their stupid rules and performance balancing attempts. In my honest opinion, I think Andy needs to get out of the series while his respectable reputation is still intact and go race in the WEC or Australian V8 Supercars.
     
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  5. I think part of the blame with Sebring is the track itself. It's one HELLUVA ride ... we can only hope the rest of the season goes better eh :sneaky: