BMW Motorsport paid tribute to Andy Priaulx

It's official, Andy Priaulx has left the BMW Motorsport family. The British ace competed with the Bavarian brand for no less than thirteen years.

With BMW, Andy Priaulx won the WTCC three times and the ELMS title once. Great successes in GT racing as well with various BMW GT cars. He won the Nurburgring 24 Hours overall in 2005 with the BMW E46 M3 GTR. He performed also well with the BMW M3 GT2, BMW Z4 GTE and BMW Z4 GT3 in North American and European sportscar races including Le Mans 24 Hours.

In 2015, Andy Priaulx had a busy season racing with different BMW teams. He did the European Le Mans Series with a BMW Z4 GTE from BMW Team Marc VDS scoring a victory and ending second overall in GTE standing. He also competed in British Touring Car Championship with a privateer BMW 125i M Sport from West Surrey Racing.

BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt paid tribute to Andy Priaulx.

Thanks to Andy Priaulx for all he has done for the BMW brand. His name and his fantastic successes will always remain a part of BMW’s motorsport history. 

We at BMW support his decision to leave us after so many successful years. We do not want to stand in the way of our drivers should they wish to pursue new challenges. We wish him all the best, and will remain in contact as friends.

Nothing official yet but Andy Priaulx is expected to join Ford Performance's full factory effort in FIA World Endurance Championship. He will drive one of the two brand new Ford GTs in the GTE-Pro class.

Photos: Marc VDS Racing