The inspiring autobiography of Britain's three-time World Touring Car champion, and almost certainly this country's best-kept sporting secret ! until now! For someone who grew up on a small island with a speed limit of just 35 mph, Andy Priaulx drives his car awfully fast. But then the man from Guernsey is a hugely determined figure who has been fighting against the odds and performing the role of underdog throughout his entire career. In this his first book, Priaulx tells of how he has fought - tooth and claw, with virtually no back-up - for every sponsor, every car, every penny on his way to achieving his dream of one day becoming a world champion. With refreshing honesty, Priaulx reveals how he and his wife risked everything financially to get on the lower rungs of the motor racing ladder, even spending some time living in a borrowed caravan at the Silverstone circuit in an attempt to save money. "Pikey Priaulx" was his nickname at the time, but the story only goes to show how sacrifice and sheer bloody-mindedness can pay off. Priaulx's reserves of energy, enthusiasm and dedication - not to mention his natural talent - served him well as he won the European Touring Car Championship in 2004. Motor sport's governing body, the FIA, recognises only three world championships - Formula 1, World Rally and World Touring Cars. Priaulx has won the WTC championship for the last three years, an unprecedented achievement. In fact, such has been Priaulx's success that he has been universally hailed as the greatest touring car driver of all time, and widely dubbed "Britain's Schumacher". In 2007 Priaulx received the ultimate accolade when he was awarded the Gold Medal of the British Racing Drivers' Club "in recognition of outstanding contemporary racing success". This was only the eighth time the Gold Medal has been awarded. Told in Andy's energetic and engaging style, this is the story of that most rare of sporting beasts - a true British world champion. Key title / Publication to coincide with the British leg of the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at Brands Hatch in front of 70,000 avid fans. / Huge hardback sales of autobiographies from Lewis Hamilton (200k), Carl Fogarty (110k) and Valentino Rossi (90k) demonstrate that motor sport fans have an insatiable appetite for books from their heroes. / To be supported with a nationwide author signing and publicity tour. / Serialisation anticipated in sports pages of major national newspaper.
Andy Priaulx was born and still lives in Guernsey in the Channel Islands. He is the current FIA World Touring Car Champion, having won three consecutive titles from 2005 to 2007. He was recently awarded the highly prestigious Gold Medal by the British Racing Drivers' Club - only the eighth time it has been awarded in the history of the BRDC - and he joins an amazing role of honour which includes Sir Stirling Moss and Murray Walker. Andy drives for BMW Team UK and is presently a world ambassador for BMW. He is married to Jo and they have two children, both of whom were born dangerously premature - Andy and Jo are tireless fundraisers for their Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation.
"His route to the top was not an easy one; in fact quite the reverse ! Financial hardship, difficult career decisions, true determination and icy inner steel were rewarded." Damon Hill "He is rated by his fellow drivers as the complete package - the consummate professional. He is a hard-fighting sportsman but always a gentleman, as well as being a dedicated father and husband, relentless charity fundraiser and proud Guernseyman". BRDC Gold Medal citation