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MacDowall re-signs with Bamboo

15 February 2013

Alex MacDowall is to remain in the World Touring Car Championship for a second season in 2013 after announcing that he has re-signed with Bamboo Engineering.

The 22-year-old joined the team last year for his first attempt at the WTCC and took fifth in the Independents' championship – with Indy victories in both Austria and Japan.

MacDowall will now aim to challenge at the head of the field during the year ahead with his Chevrolet Cruze, with his focus very much on going for Independent championship honours.

“It's fantastic to be staying with the guys at Bamboo and with Chevrolet, we had a great first season together in the WTCC,” he said. “I would have liked a few more Indy wins but, overall, I think we did a really good job. My confidence really started to build during the second half of the season and with all of that experience I'm certain we'll be able to fight for the championship this year.

“Coming into the WTCC from the BTCC [British Touring Car Championship] obviously meant I had experience of touring cars, but the World Championship is a whole different level. The experience I've got going into this season will be invaluable and I'm confident we've got a great chance to arrive in Macau at the end of the season in the mix for the title.”

MacDowall joins fellow Briton James Nash in the Bamboo line-up for 2013 and team boss Richard Coleman said he was delighted to keep the former Chevrolet BTCC man onboard.

“We're delighted to keep Alex in the Bamboo Engineering camp again this year and to build on his strong experience from the 2012 season,” he said. “Alex had an especially strong second half to the season and this, twinned with the signing of James Nash, not only gives us a great driver line up, but a real chance to challenge for a title. Plus, with more exciting developments for 2013 being released in the next few weeks, it's going to be a storming 2013!”

2013 WTCC entry list: (as of 15 February 2013):

Gabriele Tarquini Honda Racing Team JAS Honda Civic 1.6T
Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda Civic 1.6T
James Thompson Lukoil LADA Sport LADA Granta Sport
Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil LADA Sport LADA Granta Sport
Norbert Michelisz Zengo Motorsport Honda Civic 1.6T
Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC
Darryl O'Young ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC
Alex MacDowall Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T
James Nash Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T
Mehdi Bennani Proteam Motorsport BMW 320 TC
Markus Winkelhock Munnich Motorsport SEAT Leon WTCC
Marc Basseng Munnich Motorsport SEAT Leon WTCC
Rene Munnich Munnich Motorsport SEAT Leon WTCC
Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC
Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC


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