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Priaulx wins Macau race, keeps World Touring Car title

11/19/2006

MACAU -- Briton Andy Priaulx retained his
World Touring Car (WTCC) title in the final round of the
championship in Macau on Sunday.

The BMW driver won the first race and came fifth in the
second around the tortuous street circuit to emerge from a group of nine drivers who went into the final round with
a chance of winning the title.

Priaulx beat Germany's Joerg Mueller by a point in the final
standings. Brazilian Augusto Farfus was third.

It was the Guernsey driver's third title in a row, after
winning the European championship in 2004 before it became a
world series in 2005.

"A race is never easy but the first one went according to
plan," Priaulx said. "I was on pole, got a good start and led
from start to finish."

The second race was more of a struggle, with Priaulx starting
eighth with a 45 kg load of ballast.

"I reckon this was one of my best and at the same time
hardest races ever," he said. "We had some carnage on the first
lap and a long safety car period. I was being pushed from behind
by one driver and had a slower one in front."

"Winning consecutive titles is very, very hard and the
pressure on this one was massive," he said.

BMW also retained their manufacturers' title.

British F3 champion Mike Conway won the Macau Grand Prix, a
race that has been won in the past by some of Formula One's
biggest names, after starting seventh.