A strong start for Bamboo in Monza qualifying

Bamboo Engineering's MacDowall slots third while teammate Nash will start the first WTCC race in sixth.

23rd March 2013 – This weekends qualifying session of the first round of the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in Monza, Italy, saw British drivers Alex MacDowall and James Nash qualify in the top ten, ahead of the weekends races.

James Nash, Chevrolet Cruze 1.6 T, Bamboo Engineering and Alex MacDowall, Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T, bamboo-engineering
James Nash, Chevrolet Cruze 1.6 T, Bamboo Engineering and Alex MacDowall, Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T, bamboo-engineering

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The championship got off to a dramatic start after an incident with last years world champion, Rob Huff that resulted in a red flag on the first qualifying session. Despite the interruptions MacDowall qualified in third place, with Nash just three tenths behind in sixth place.

Twenty two-year-old MacDowall set a time of 1:57.685, only three tenths behind second place, whilst Nash was just three-tenths short of his teammate in sixth place setting a time of 1:58.008.

Alex MacDowall: “I’m delighted to be the highest placing independent but I feel like we still had some more to come, there were a few factors that may have prevented us from qualifying higher so our qualifying places are good considering the circumstances. I’m looking forward to tomorrows races, we’re all uncertain of what the weather is planning to do but I’m feeling quietly confident either way, the Chevrolet is strong in the wet, so I don’t feel that will affect our results in a negative way.”

James Nash: “I’m a little disappointed with today’s qualifying. We were expecting to be a bit higher up in the order. A nudge from another driver didn’t help matters as it interrupted a flying lap. I am happy however we made it to the second qualifying session as I have only been there twice before so it’s a new experience to be significantly higher up the ranks.”

Richard Coleman – Chief Executive Bamboo Engineering – “The boys did a decent job and I’m satisfied with P3 and P6, we still have lots to do and tomorrows predicted weather could change the game completely.”

Tomorrows races take place at 15:05 and 17:20 (GMT+1) full coverage can be found on Eurosport and also online via Eurosport player.

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Series WTCC
Drivers Rob Huff , James Nash , Alex MacDowall
Article type Qualifying report
Tags bamboo engineering, chevrolet cruze, coleman, italy, macdowall, monza, nash, wtcc