Priaulx sets sights on full-time V8 drive

Gordon Lomas

Sunday 13th October, 2013 - 6:50pm


Andy Priaulx admits desire to switch full-time to V8 Supercars

Andy Priaulx admits desire to switch full-time to V8 Supercars

English driver Andy Priaulx says he would be crazy to pass up a full-time opportunity in V8 Supercars following his robust top 10 finish at Bathurst.

Priaulx has endured a difficult season in the DTM championship this year and has indicated that he intends to sit down with BMW to evaluate his options.

The 40-year-old admits that V8 Supercars has always been a career option even during his peak in the World Touring Car Championship where he has won three titles.

“I’m currently looking around for next year. Obviously BMW are going to talk to me at some point,” Priaulx said after finishing 10th with Mattias Ekstrom in the Xbox One Racing Commodore at Bathurst.

“V8 Supercars has always been on my radar otherwise I would keep coming back. I love it down here.

“It’s probably one of the best places in the world to live and one of the best championships at the moment in touring car racing.

“I’d be crazy not to try and come down here and have a few years racing.

“But I’ve got to sit down with BMW and see what my future is with them and see what my options are in the next couple of weeks.”

Priaulx admitted that he did not actively open any lines of communication regarding the possibility of a 2014 drive while in Australia but is keen to explore the possibilities.

“I haven’t spoken to anybody else. We’ll see if the phone rings after this weekend,” Priaulx said.

If Priaulx was to angle for a V8 Supercars ride he says he would not necessarily bring backing, which in the strained economic current climate is essential in the category.

“I’ve never done it before (brought money). I’ve driven for a manufacturer for so long and I wouldn’t be in that game,” Priaulx said.

“I’m not saying that if I had a contract and was paid properly I wouldn’t bring some commercial interest along the way but we’ll see.”


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