Andy Priaulx has left Honda's British Touring Car Championship squad to race for BMW in the European Touring Car Championship next season, it is revealed in this week's AUTOSPORT magazine
Priaulx, who has scored one BTCC victory during an impressive first year in touring cars, will race for the Racing Bart Mampaey team, running under the BMW Great Britain banner.
Priaulx is excited about the opportunity of racing in the European series, he said: "This gives the opportunity to further my career on the international stage. I am looking forward to racing on some of Europe's most demanding circuits."
BMW GB's motorsport manager Peter Walker said: "Andy was the first choice driver of both myself and Bart because we both feel he has the appropriate experience for this drive."
It is unclear who will replace Priaulx in Honda's BTCC squad next year. The team had been planning to expand to three cars, but the driver's departure may stop this.
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