Alex MacDowall - Photo Credit: WTCC Media

MacDowall had a tough time last time out in Valencia - Photo Credit: WTCC Media

Alex MacDowall is confident that he will return to challenge at the front of the Yokohama Trophy at the third round of the WTCC season in Marrakech. blogger MacDowall jointly led the independents' standings after his debut weekend in Monza, but his bamboo engineering Chevrolet Cruze struggled at round two in Valencia.

“The weight of the ballast on our car really did hurt us in Valencia,” said MacDowall, now fifth in the Trophy standings. “It was a tough weekend, tougher than we expected, but at least we scored a couple of points which could be really important at the end of the season.

“After such a good start to my WTCC career at Monza, it was disappointing not to be further up the order in Valencia but we're not dwelling on that – I'm looking forward to being back among the front runners in Marrakech and getting back on the Independents podium.

“It's going to be another new challenge for me and I really am looking forward to it,” he said about the street circuit in the Moroccan city. “Realistically, Marrakech ought to be much more suited to our car and we should definitely be aiming to qualify well inside the top 12 to get into the second part of qualifying, like we did at Monza – that's really important.

“From what I've seen of the Marrakech WTCC races in the past there's always a lot of action, especially at the chicanes, so the races will be tough. I'm confident we'll have a good car though and be able to challenge at the front in the Independents Trophy.”