Bamboo Engineering's Alex MacDowall endured more misfortune at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina last weekend.
The Brit has struggled for any kind of form in the last three WTCC events and has not scored points in the 'main' drivers' championship since his sixth place finish in Austria, and he again missed out in South America, crossing the line in P11 in both races, although he did pick up points for the 2013 Yokohama Independents Trophy.
Speaking afterwards the Carlisle born racer explained that while he was happy with his single lap qualifying pace, he was less pleased with his long run set-up, with 'rubbish' starts adding to his woes on race-day.
“We had good pace over one lap this weekend, but in the races we just didn't perform,” he confirmed. “Both starts were pretty rubbish and there was lots of contact, it was more like a BTCC [British Touring Car Championship] race than a WTCC one – you got hit at nearly every corner.
“There was a lack of grip, the surface was really slippery, and the track is very wide too so I don't think that helped what was going on. It was the first fly-away race as well so everyone was probably hungry for success and taking a lot of risks and pulling some silly moves.
“In race two, the contact from [Tom] Chilton was completely his fault, I was just taken out."
MacDowall is now desperate for his fortunes to change and is aware of what he needs to do prior to the next event in the USA.
“Before the next round we just need to look more at the race set-ups as we know this weekend we've been quick over one lap,” he explained.
“The car felt good from the start of the weekend and if we do some race simulations and work on those then we should be back up there in the podium fight.”
by Dexter Fielding