Your new team mate for 2013, James Nash, like you is young and has a good amount of experience in touring car racing, how do you think he will fair in a car that he has never sat in before, compared to your 3 seasons in the Cruze?
I think it might take him time to get used to the Cruze and how to set it up so hopefully I will have the edge in the first few rounds.
Touring cars are very basic though and the Cruze is always a great package where ever we go. I think from the word go he will be quick and I will have to raise my game compared to last year which is an exciting challenge.
Does the loss of the factory team mean that you and bamboo gain anything over opposition?
No not at all and if anything it's a big loss. You could say we are now on more of a level playing field but having Chevrolet back in it would certainly benefit us.
We are an independent team and we have a car to challenge factory teams.
bamboo-engineering boss Richard Coleman, seems very supportive of younger drivers, has he helped you mature in anyway on and off the track?
He is a great help and always ready for the challenges. I think with Richard being quite young himself he likes to have younger drivers and maybe feels more comfortable dealing with the likes of me and James.
He is always telling me how good I am and gives me a nice positive message over the team radio as I am about to go on track.
In racing terms, where are your strengths and what areas do you think you can improve on?
I think my strengths are my Qualifying speed and consistency on track. I can improve on my race craft and standing starts. This is something I am working very hard as we speak to improve. I am still in the early parts of my career and I have had a steep learning curve which I think has made me a more mature driver.
I love high speed corners and any track that has a fast flowing characteristic I go really well on but if it's a tight twisty track I find it hard to bring myself back. Without admitting your weaknesses' you will never improve as I driver so I tack it on the chin and get on with it.
by Dexter Fielding