Second year British Touring Car driver Alex MacDowall believes that next weekend's (September 3-4) round at Knockhill presents his best chance to score his first win the series.
MacDowall enjoyed his most successful meeting of the 2011 so far at the previous round at Snetterton and, with the annual trip to Scotland returns to a track where he enjoyed success in his first season.
2010 at the Fife track had MacDowall on pole and was only beaten in the first race of the weekend by Gordon Shedden who took advantage of a better start and unrivalled knowledge of the track where he works as the venue's Business Development Manager.
MacDowall was able to match the pace of Shedden and reckons he can bring the same form on his return to the circuit.
“I know I can go a step further than last year and achieve my first win,” he said. “The track suits my driving style and the Chevrolet Cruze is the best handling chassis in the field so it's pole or bust! I'm seventh in the championship but it's still quite tight behind so I need another good points scoring weekend to give me a safe gap.”
MacDowall's RML run Silverline Chevrolet also enters the Scottish races in the best form of the season, having claimed a maiden 1-2 finish at Snetterton and further testing has, the 20-year-old feels, brought further benefit to he and teammate Jason Plato.
“We had a test at Donington last Thursday which went really well,” said the Cumbrian. “Me and Jason were both there so we got through a lot of set-up changes. Qualifying will be more crucial than ever next weekend with so few places to overtake at Knockhill.”
MacDowall will run in two free practice sessions on the Saturday before qualifying, scheduled to begin at 3:05pm. Three races follow on Sunday, each shown live on ITV4.