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MSA hails Andy Priaulx, the newly crowned 2005 FIA World Touring Car Champion
Having claimed pole position on Friday, Priaulx yesterday twice finished second in the final two rounds staged on the famous Macau street circuit in South East Asia to add this year`s prized WTCC crown to the European Touring Car Championship title he won in 2004. The 31-year-old, who races for the BMW UK team, now lines up alongside Fernando Alonso and Sebastien Loeb as one of the FIA`s three official 2005 World Champions.

Colin Hilton, MSA Chief Executive, comments: “Andy`s achievement is truly outstanding and hugely significant for UK motor sport. He becomes the first British driver to be crowned as World Champion since Richard Burns lifted the World Rally Championship in 2001 and his feat comes in a year when British drivers have enjoyed considerable success abroad with Dan Wheldon winning the Indianapolis 500 as well as the IndyCar Series crown, Gary Paffett winning the German DTM title and Lewis Hamilton dominating the Formula 3 EuroSeries. What is especially pleasing is that all of these international champions are products of the UK national motor sport system.

“Ten years ago Andy came to prominence when winning the MSA British Hill Climb Championship with a remarkable 100 per cent record, claiming all 10 rounds and setting eight new records in the process. In 1999 he completed another clean sweep when winning all 13 rounds of the Renault Spider sports car series that featured on the MSA British Touring Car Championship bill. He then enjoyed further victories in both the MSA British Formula 3 Championship and the BTCC before graduating to international events with BMW Team UK in 2003. Andy is already a great ambassador for UK motor sport and he richly deserves his World Champion status.”