Alex MacDowall produced an impressive showing in Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton to post the second quickest time behind Tom Chilton.
During the first three hours of running, the Chevrolet driver was the fastest of the 16 drivers in attendance with a best lap of 1min 11.958secs. In dry conditions, the Silverline Chevrolet driver completed a total of 41 laps and edged out experienced racer Paul O'Neill by just 0.013 seconds, while Chevrolet team-mate Jason Plato was a mere 0.003 seconds further adrift.
Heavy rain over the course of the lunchbreak led to an extremely wet track for the afternoon session with MacDowall then concentrating on practicing wet-weather starts. However, an engine issue forced him to end his day early although only Chilton was able to go quicker as the circuit dried out.
“We were very pleased to be quickest during the morning session, everything went well and the pace was good but it was very close,” MacDowall said. “The track was really wet in the afternoon so there was no point taking any risks, especially as the first session went so well, so I just practiced some starts. All in all, I was really happy with the day.
“I really want to try and qualify on the first two rows at Snetterton to give ourselves the best chance of fighting for a win. We qualified in the top four at the previous two events so that has to be the aim again. It's been good to be back in the car after such a long break and to have been so quick was great. The Fords will be really fast but I think we can definitely challenge for the podium.”