The FIA WTCC Yokohama Trophy for independents is set to be decided this weekend with the fight for title credentials going to either of Bamboo Engineering's British driving duo; James Nash, who leads the chase or Alex MacDowall, who is still mathematically in with a shout at the title.
MacDowall has got the least to loose and will be going all out for two class victories, despite being 41 points down on Nash there are still 43 to play for at the monumental Macau track.
The youngsters run early in the season saw him able to keep his team-mate honest, but poor results mid-season saw his charge to the title slump to an almost impossible challenge. Although he has taken two independent class wins in recent events, Nash has still been able to overall outscore him.
Speaking before the season finale, MacDowall said he has 'to go for it' this weekend and worry about his results to end the season on a high.
“We've got to absolutely go for it in Macau”, he said, “Bravery rewards a driver around there, and you have to really go for it, have maximum commitment and not be scared of crashing as the quickest line is when you brush the barriers on each side of the track. It's a fantastic circuit – you really have to drive it on the edge to find the most time.
“Other than the accident we went well at Macau last year and I'm confident we can be strong again at the weekend”, he further added, “I'm pretty optimistic I can fight for the Independents wins and try and end the season on a real high. I can still steal the title away from James [Nash], but he's got a big lead so we just need to focus on doing the best we can and then see what happens.”
Two-strong results could also see the Carlisle driver jump from P11 in the table to eighth and jump Tiago Monteiro, Pepe Oriola and Tom Coronel if all goes according to plan for the 22-year old.
by Dexter Fielding