Alex MacDowall is looking to take the FIA WTCC 2013 Yokohama trophy for independents down to the wire as he looks to consolidate his better from recently in the championship this weekend at Shanghai, the penultimate round of the campaign.
During the first half of the season, the Chevrolet driver was able to stay right on the back wheel of his table topping team-mate James Nash, but a dire three events mid-season put pay to an easier challenge for the title.
Only in the last two events has the Bamboo Engineering driver had any real results and despite still being 32 points behind Nash in the Yokohama trophy standings, he insists that a stronger weekend than his team-mate could put the championship ball in his court. Only a 'big results' weekend will suffice for the 22-year-old this weekend.
“I need to try and narrow the points gap to James [Nash] next weekend and then focus on Macau where we'll be going for all-out attack,” commented the former BTCC competitor. “We can win the Independents title, that's still the aim, but we do need to beat James in Shanghai and take away some big results.
“It has to be about going for more Independents wins and the overall podium next weekend. We suffered with understeer quite a lot in Shanghai last year but during the last round in Japan we found a set-up which worked well. We think we've cured the understeer so I'm looking forward to a strong weekend again.
“Qualifying should be good, there are some long straights in China which suit the Chevy and the Hondas will have the same weight penalty as us, 40 kilos, so that will level things up. We should have a good chance of qualifying high up the order at Shanghai which is where we need to be.”
As well as concentrating on his WTCC aspirations, MacDowall has been racing in the British Ginetta GT Supercup series and testing West Surrey Racings BTCC BMW car on track and at the team's HQ on the simulator in recent weeks, leading to speculation of a possible racing return to British soil for 2014.
by Dexter Fielding