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MSA pays tribute to Andy Priaulx, double FIA World Touring Car Champion
Having used all his experience to take pole position in typically tricky conditions, the BMW Team UK driver won the opening race to record his fifth victory of the season and then finished fifth in the second race to claim the crown by a single point from fellow BMW driver Jorg Muller. Having also captured the FIA European Touring Car Championship in 2004, Priaulx joins one of the most exclusive clubs in motor sport. To date only racing legends Juan Manuel Fangio, Michael Schumacher and Roberto Ravaglia have won three consecutive FIA track titles.

Colin Hilton, MSA Chief Executive, comments: “Andy`s achievements shouldn`t be underestimated. For the second consecutive year he lines up alongside Fernando Alonso and Sebastien Loeb as one of the FIA`s three official World Champions. His professionalism and success are fine examples to all the promising young British drivers currently cutting their teeth in UK motor sport as to what can be achieved on the world stage.

“Andy`s route to the top once again underlines the effectiveness of our national motor sport system. He first came to prominence when winning the 1995 MSA British Hill Climb Championship with a remarkable 100 per cent record. Four years later Andy completed another remarkable clean sweep when winning all 13 rounds of the Renault Spider sports car series. He then enjoyed further victories in both the MSA British Formula 3 Championship and the MSA British Touring Car Championship before graduating to the world`s premier touring car championship. Andy has already proved to be a great ambassador for UK motor sport and he richly deserves his back-to-back World Champion titles.”

Hilton also paid tribute to 23-year-old Mike Conway, the newly crowned British Formula 3 champion who made it a double celebration for British motor sport in China by winning the prestigious Macau Grand Prix. “You only have to look at the roster of past winners which includes Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher to see the huge importance of winning the Macau Grand Prix. Like Andy, Mike is another highly talented product of UK motor sport. His first triumph came in the MSA British Karting Championship, and he then went on to be crowned Formula Renault Champion in 2004. This year Mike was a dominant winner of the British F3 title with ten pole positions and ten victories – we wish him further success in the future.”