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Andy Priaulx interview

Fri, 14 Dec 2007


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14 December 2007 09:00

His racing season might be over for this year, but 33-year-old Andy Priaulx has barely stopped since clinching his third consecutive World Touring Car crown – an incredible feat in a series packed with ex-F1 drivers and touring car winners from various championships.

But in-between the award ceremonies, end-of-season parties and test sessions, CAR Online caught up with the Guernsey-based racer ahead of his star turn at this weekend’s Race of Champions. Held at Wembley Stadium on 16 December, RoC sees drivers from disciplines as diverse as Nascar and F1 race head-to-head, country-against-country on what looks like a giant Scalextric set. Priaulx will represent England alongside Jenson Button.

‘It’s a great event and I’m really looking forward to it but it is a bit of a lottery. Just one small mistake can put you out,’ he explains. ‘You only get one minute to acclimatise to the cars before you’re racing flat-out. You don’t know where the starter button is, if your feet reach the pedals okay.’

The cars in question include WRC Focuses, Aston N24s, and the Race of Champions buggies, the latter weighing just 350kg and putting 175bhp through the rear wheels.