MACDOWALL CONSIDERS 2010 BTCC MOVE AFTER SUCCESSFUL DEBUT TEST Highly regarded saloon car racer Alex MacDowall is eyeing a move into the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship as early as the 2010 season following a highly successful maiden...
MACDOWALL CONSIDERS 2010 BTCC MOVE AFTER SUCCESSFUL DEBUT TEST
Highly regarded saloon car racer Alex MacDowall is eyeing a move into the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship as early as the 2010 season following a highly successful maiden test run at the wheel of a Motorbase Performance BMW 320si E90 at Brands Hatch this week.
The 18-year-old Carlisle-based driver, Vice-Champion of the 2009 ELF Renault Clio Cup, thoroughly enjoyed his first ever taste of a current BTCC car after taking to the Kent track with Dave Bartrum's race-winning team on Tuesday, 17th November.
Lapping very competitively and adapting impressively from his front-wheel drive Renault Clio to the much more powerful rear-wheel drive BMW, the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) Rising Star was credited with doing "a great job" by Bartrum.
Such was the level of his performance, Alex is now considering moving his graduation to touring cars forward by a year -- having originally planned to step-up to the BTCC in 2011. All this, of course, is subject to the necessary commercial backing being secured and availability of a seat with a top-line squad such as Motorbase.
"The test was fantastic and I want to say a big thank you to everyone at Motorbase for helping things go so smoothly", said Alex, " The BMW is obviously a completely different car to what I've been used to the last couple of years in Renault Clios but I didn't have any problems adapting to the rear-wheel drive. The increased grip was one of the biggest differences.
"Jonathan Adam (Motorbase BTCC driver and former ELF Renault Clio Cup Champion), with whom I've worked closely this year, set a benchmark time for me to aim for and when we compared data I'd matched what he'd done which was a great boost. We're considering our options for next year but if we are able to secure the financial backing, it's possible we could be on the BTCC grid."
Since concluding the 2009 ELF Renault Clio Cup campaign, Alex has also experienced competitive action in the Spanish-based SEAT Leon Supercopa with outings at Jerez and Barcelona with the highly respected SUNRED team.
Looking ahead to 2010, along with potential openings in touring cars Alex is also considering options in the European SEAT championship or a final season of Clio Cup action prior to a definite move into the BTCC in 2011.