TCF Exclusive: Alex MacDowall Blog

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It’s great to have been asked to write a regular blog on, it’s a good way for me to let everyone know the inside story on each race weekend in the BTCC as a Silverline Chevrolet driver and to also say what I’m up to on and off the track.

The summer break was a nice time for me to relax. I went on holiday with some mates to Mallorca, it was good to have time to catch up with my friends and let them know how the season is going. Although there was no racing for six weeks, I still had events to attend to.

Chevrolet featured at Goodwood FOS 2010

The Goodwood Festival of Speed was the first duty I had to do for Chevrolet. I took to the hillclimb in my Chevrolet Cruze twice on the Saturday and Sunday. It was a great experience to be there with all the big names in motorsport. The days were fairly busy with interviews and other PR activities but when I got chance to look around the displays I could see why it's such a popular event.

It was great to see old BTCC cars and Formula 1 cars which I used to see on the TV when I was younger. I definitely want to go back to Goodwood, even if it's not for work. Three weeks after that I had the official BTCC test day at Snetterton. The day went really well and I was quickest in the morning session. We didn`t have to change much on the car but we found some dramatic changes which really helped the nervousness of the car which has been our Achilles Heel this season.

The afternoon session was wet so I didn`t want to take any risks pushing it. At the end of the day I was second fastest overall which I thought was a great result for me and the team with the Snetteton races just two weeks away.

The days when I am not doing anything motorsport related I work for one of my sponsors, ECM, who specialise in vehicle logistics. I get extra time off to do my duties for Chevrolet both on and off the track which I am very grateful for.

The Snetterton race weekend was a huge disappointment for me unfortunately. It was fantastic to have qualified pole and make history by becoming the youngest ever pole sitter in the BTCC but the races were unbelievable!

MacDowall fights back at Snetterton

To have had such bad luck in all three after such a good day on the Saturday was a real disappointment – for me and the team.

The gear lever snapping in the first race off the start really put me on the back foot for the whole of race day. I'm obviously gutted about the races but with a bit more luck on our side I think it's only a matter of time until things will go our way. I know we have the pace which is key for the rest of the season so roll on Silverstone!

In the build up to Silverstone I will be training hard in the gym and watching old BTCC DVDs from Silverstone to learn where they overtake so I am one step ahead of my competitors. I also have a media training session with Louise Goodman at Silverstone on the Friday before the weekend which will hopefully bag some essential skills for promoting myself and the sponsors.

Thanks for reading, hopefully Silverstone will be a strong weekend!

– Alex

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