Bamboo Engineering's Alex MacDowall has suffered his most disappointing weekend of the 2013 World Touring Car Championship season in Moscow after struggling to find grip and ultimate car set-up on a difficult new track.
Two non-points scoring finishes - 13th in race one and eleventh in the second race – has seen the youngster slip back from his rivals, team-mate James Nash and new points leader Michel Nykjaer in the battle for the Yokohama trophy for independents.
MacDowall went on to explain his 'tough weekend' and hopes to get back on the podium in Porto, the last European race on the 2013 calendar.
"Moscow is a very low grip circuit, it's a bit like Donington Park in the UK, and we struggled to find a good car set-up," he said. "I was over-driving as well trying to get more out of the car, which didn't help. It's been a really tough weekend, one to put down to experience.
“We changed quite a bit with the set-up between qualifying and the races but you couldn't really tell due to the lack of grip. It's such a new track, there isn't much rubber down, and it's hard to drive perfectly when the car feels lazy and you're missing the apex at each corner.
"Hopefully it's a one off and we'll be back where we should be at the next round. I want to be back on the podium in Porto.”
The 22 year old still holds third position in the independents category, but falls to 18 points back of Nykjaer. Before the weekend had started, MacDowall was only twelve adrift of previous series leader Nash.
In the overall championship the Chevrolet Cruze driver slips from sixth back to ninth after stronger weekend for Norbet Michelisz, Tom Coronel and Tom Chilton see the Carlisle racer drop down the table.
by Dexter Fielding