BTCC sophomore Alex MacDowall believes he has “unfinished business” at Oulton Park after a mechanical failure in 2010 lost him a potential victory while leading the weekend's third race.
“I was robbed of a win last year due to the broken driveshaft,” said the 20-year-old. “I think in qualifying we will be closer to the turbo cars than we have been so far this year but they will still be hard to beat.”
“I should have qualified on pole at Oulton last year by 0.4 seconds so if I can produce a lap time like that again, I think I have a good chance of being on the front row. The Chevrolet Cruze is the best overall package on the grid and Oulton is the most demanding track on the calendar. My aim for the weekend is to try and end up seventh in the championship – we'll be pushing as hard as ever.”
MacDowall's season to date has been one of consistency. He has scored points in seven of the nine races in 2011, but like all the normally aspirated runners he has struggled against the new turbocharged cars, which have dominated the season so far. His best finish so far was fourth place at Donington Park, but he is understandably eager to return to the podium.
However, for his home race the Cumbrian will enjoy a 25kg weight break in his Silverline Chevrolet car, while his turbocharged rivals will be further limited. MacDowall will enter the June 4-5 weekend eighth in points, some distance behind championship Matt Neal.