Alex MacDowall has re-signed with the Bamboo Engineering team for the 2013 World Touring Car Championship, forming an alliance with fellow British driver James Nash.

The 22-year-old from Cumbria contested his first season in the WTCC in a Chevrolet Cruze entered by the Silverstone-based squad. He claimed Yokohama Trophy wins in Austria and Japan and scored a best overall finish of fifth. He ended his debut campaign fifth in the Trophy standings and 11th outright.

Returning for what will be a fourth straight year driving a Cruze following his two-year stint in the British championship, MacDowall has his sights set on winning the Yokohama Trophy title.

“It’s fantastic to be staying with the guys at Bamboo and with Chevrolet, we had a great first season together in the WTCC,” he said.

“I would have liked a few more Indy wins but, overall, I think we did a really good job. My confidence really started to build during the second half of the season and with all of that experience I’m certain we’ll be able to fight for the championship this year.

“Coming into the WTCC from the BTCC obviously meant I had experience of touring cars, but the World Championship is a whole different level. The experience I’ve got going into this season will be invaluable and I’m confident we’ve got a great chance to arrive in Macau at the end of the season in the mix for the title.”

Team principal Richard Coleman added: “We’re delighted to keep Alex in the Bamboo Engineering camp again this year and to build on his strong experience from the 2012 season.

“Alex had an especially strong second half to the season and this, twinned with the signing of James Nash, not only gives us a great driver line up, but a real chance to challenge for a title. Plus, with more exciting developments for 2013 being released in the next few weeks, it’s going to be a storming 2013.”

Nash will also be entering his second WTCC season as he switches from driving a Team Aon Ford Focus last year.