Youngster MacDowall aiming for maiden podium visit at Rockingham

Cumbria teenager Alex MacDowall is looking to secure his maiden podium visit in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship when the series arrives at Rockingham for rounds four, five and six over the 24/25 April.

Carlisle based MacDowall who races alongside Jason Plato in the 'works' Silverline Chevrolet outfit delivered three solid points finishes on his debut at Thruxton over the Easter weekend.

Heading to Rockingham's 1.94 mile International Super Sports Car Circuit, MacDowall feels that his potent Chevrolet Cruze should be a competitive proposition: “I'm really looking forward to Rockingham, the Chevy should go well there as we've got a strong engine for the fast, oval turns and I think the car will be well balanced through the infield so we should have a good overall package.”

“The aim for my debut at Thruxton was to get three points finishes from the three races. We did that, so now I'm aiming higher. I really do think a podium is realistic, and it is the team's local track, so that's what I'll be pushing for.”

Last season saw the RML Run Racing Silverline Chevrolet Lacetti's secure four podium finishes for Jason Plato and Mat Jackson.

MacDowall added: “The team has done well at Rockingham in the past and I'm sure the package will be strong again, Silverline Chevrolet has done a fantastic job for me so far, and I'm getting more and more comfortable with the car and learning with every lap. If I can improve on my Thruxton results I'll be really happy.”

Free practice and qualifying for MacDowall and the other competitors will take place on Saturday, 24 April ahead of rounds four, five and six on the 25 April. Races one and two will be shown live on ITV 4 while the third race will be shown at 20.30 alongside highlights of the first two races.

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