Alex MacDowall was relieved to end a disappointing weekend in a positive fashion after a determined drive to finish eighth in race three at Croft.
The Silverline Chevrolet driver looked set for a strong haul of points after qualifying fourth for race one, but contact from Gordon Shedden sent him onto the grass at Clervaux and dropped him down the order. MacDowall also had another off-track excursion later on and was eventually classified in 14th.
Despite starting on the seventh row, MacDowall was up into the points in race two as well but the usually reliable Chevrolet Cruze suffered an oil leak caused by a blown head-gasket, forcing him to retire in the pits.
It all came good for the Cumbrian driver in race three though after a determined drive through the field, and finished right on the tail of the two Honda Racing Civics in eighth. MacDowall was impressed with the speed of the Cruze this weekend and was relieved to salvage some points in the end.
“I'm quite pleased with how the last race turned out, it was good to end the weekend with a really positive performance”, said Alex, “In the first race I was tapped sideways by (Gordon) Shedden and that knocked me a long way down – really disappointing as we'd started on the second row.”
“I was making good progress in race two and things were looking quite good but then the head gasket blew so I had no choice but to pit. The team fitted a new one for race three and at least we were able to take some points away with a good drive through the order. The car has felt really good this weekend, it's just a shame the results haven't really reflected that.”
The British Touring Car Championship now takes a seven-week break before the next round at Snetterton on August 6th/7th where the drivers will race on the new 300 layout for the first time.