Alex MacDowall

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Alex MacDowall
Alex MacDowall Racing Driver 2014.jpg
Alex MacDowall Racing Driver 2014.
Nationality  British
Born (1991-01-22) 22 January 1991 (age 23)
Carlisle (England)
2014 FIA World Endurance Championship
Debut season 2014
Current team Aston Martin Racing
Car no. 99
Starts 9
Wins 0
Poles 3
Fastest laps 1
Previous series
2013
20102011
2009
20072009
2007
2005–2006
World Touring Car Championship
Ginetta GT Supercup
British Touring Car Championship
Spanish SEAT Supercopa
Renault Clio Cup UK
SEAT Cupra Championship
T Cars
BTCC record
Teams Silverline Chevrolet
Drivers
championships
0
Wins 0
Podium finishes 5
Poles 2
Fastest laps 2
Debut season 2010
Best championship position 9th (2011)
Final season (2011) position 9th (100 points)

Alexander "Alex" Hay MacDowall (born 22 January 1991 in Carlisle) is a British auto racing driver. He is currently competing in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship season for Aston Martin Racing.

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

MacDowall began his racing career in T Cars in 2005, and remained there for 2006. In 2007 he stepped up to the Renault Clio Cup with Total Control Racing, finishing 32nd overall. He then finished third in the end of year Winter series. In 2008 he improved in the main series to finish seventh overall, and finished third once again in the Winter series. In 2009 he took four victories and finished as runner-up to Phil Glew.

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

Silverline Chevrolet (2010–2011)[edit]

MacDowall's 2009 Clio Cup performances impressed top British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) teams Motorbase Performance, RML and West Surrey Racing, who gave him tests over the winter break ahead of the 2010 season. In March 2010 it was announced that MacDowall would race a Chevrolet Cruze for the RML-run Silverline Chevrolet factory-supported team, as teammate to Jason Plato.[1] In a wet qualifying session at Snetterton he became the youngest polesitter in the championship's history[2] but the car's gearlever broke as he changed up into second gear at the start of the first race.[3] He failed to finish in the points in either of the other two races. His rookie year was a success though, with two podiums, two pole positions and a fastest lap en route to 11th overall in the championship. Macdowall continued with Chevrolet in the British Touring Car Championship for 2011, ending the season 9th in the standings with 100 points and 3 podium finishes.

World Touring Car Championship[edit]

bamboo-engineering (2012–2013)[edit]

In February 2012 it was announced that MacDowall would race for bamboo-engineering in the WTCC for the 2012 season where his team mate would be Pasquale Di Sabatino. He scored points in his first race at Monza and again in the second race of the day. He left Italy in a three way tie for the Yokohama Drivers' Trophy championship lead. He took his first win in the Yokohama Independents' Trophy at the Race of Austria. Di Sabatino was replaced by Michel Nykjær for the Race of Brazil and MacDowall missed out on an independent win to Nykjær in race one. His result in race one combined with two non-scores for Yokohama Trophy rival Franz Engstler elevated him to fourth in the standings, 12 points behind Stefano D'Aste. He took his second independent win of the season in race one of the Race of Japan. He went into the final race weekend in Macau with a slim chance of taking the Yokohama Trophy title. In qualifying he secured the reversed grid pole position for race two; at the start of the race he lost the lead to Norbert Michelisz but passed him again to take the lead. Both drivers were then overtaken by Alain Menu and MacDowall dropped to fourth when a tap from Yvan Muller spun MacDowall into the barriers after exiting the high speed Mandarin corner. Muller later apologised for the incident but no penalties were issued to either driver. MacDowall dropped back down to fifth in the Yokohama Trophy standings and was classified as eleventh in the drivers' championship, tied on points with Mehdi Bennani but behind on countback due to Bennani's podium at the Race of Hungary.

MacDowall stayed with Bamboo Engineering for the 2013 season, partnering new team mate James Nash.He finished on the overall podium for the first time in the WTCC when he came third in race one of the Race of Italy, also taking the independents' victory.[4]

World Endurance Championship[edit]

Aston Martin Racing (2014–)[edit]

In February 2014 Alex announced that he would compete for Aston Martin Racing, the factory Aston Martin racing team, in the FIA World Endurance Championship. This marks MacDowall's first competitive start in GT racing and will see him race at some of the worlds most famous circuits including Le Mans, Spa, Silverstone and Interlagos. MacDowall will race in the GTE Pro category alongside former Bamboo teammate Darryl O'Young and experienced GT racer Fernando Rees.[5]

Racing record[edit]

Complete Renault Clio Cup United Kingdom results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 2 points awarded all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pen. DC Pts
2007 Total Control Racing Renault Clio Cup 197 BRH
18
ROC
Ret
THR
Ret
CRO
24
OUL
DSQ
DON
17
SNE
1

10
SNE
2

9
BRH
13
DON
22
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

22
−61 13th 98
2008 Total Control Racing Renault Clio Cup 197 BRH
1

15
BRH
2

6
ROC
1

19
ROC
2

22
DON
1

18
DON
2

10
THR
1

3
THR
2

4
CRO
1

15
CRO
2

11
SIL
1

5
SIL
2

4
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

5
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

Ret
SIL
1

5
SIL
2

16
BRH
1

8
BRH
2

5
−2 7th 228
2009 Total Control Racing Renault Clio Cup 197/200 BRH
1

2
BRH
2

3
THR
1

2
THR
2

9
DON
1

4
DON
2

2
OUL
1

1
OUL
2

2
CRO
1

1
CRO
2

2
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

18
SNE
1

1
SNE
2

4
SIL
1

3
SIL
2

Ret
ROC
1

5
ROC
2

8
BRH
1

1
BRH
2

2
2nd 445

Complete SEAT Cupra Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position in class) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap in class – 1 point awarded all races)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Pts
2007 Total Control Racing SEAT León Cupra Cupra
R
BRH
1
BRH
2
ROC
1
ROC
2
THR
1
THR
2
CRO
1
CRO
2
OUL
1
OUL
2
DON
1
DON
2
SNE
1
SNE
2
BRH
1
BRH
2
KNO
1

15
KNO
2

17
THR
1
THR
2
NC† 0†

† Not eligible for points

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races) (* signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap – 1 point given)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Pts
2010 Silverline Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze THR
1

7
THR
2

6
THR
3

9
ROC
1

12
ROC
2

12
ROC
3

Ret
BRH
1

7
BRH
2

3
BRH
3

Ret
OUL
1

7
OUL
2

9
OUL
3

Ret*
CRO
1

13
CRO
2

9
CRO
3

10
SNE
1

NC
SNE
2

Ret
SNE
3

13
SIL
1

4
SIL
2

9
SIL
3

10
KNO
1

2
KNO
2

9
KNO
3

7
DON
1

4
DON
2

11
DON
3

Ret
BRH
1

4
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

11
11th 83
2011 Silverline Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT BRH
1

5
BRH
2

13
BRH
3

16
DON
1

9
DON
2

9
DON
3

4*
THR
1

10
THR
2

7
THR
3

8
OUL
1

3
OUL
2

5
OUL
3

18
CRO
1

14
CRO
2

Ret
CRO
3

8
SNE
1

2
SNE
2

4
SNE
3

5
KNO
1

12
KNO
2

Ret
KNO
3

10
ROC
1

12
ROC
2

15
ROC
3

11
BRH
1

3
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

Ret
SIL
1

5
SIL
2

9
SIL
3

4
9th 100

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Pos Pts
2012 bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T ITA
1

8
ITA
2

7
ESP
1

15
ESP
2

14
MAR
1

12
MAR
2

Ret
SVK
1

12
SVK
2

Ret
HUN
1

9
HUN
2

11
AUT
1

6
AUT
2

Ret
POR
1

10
POR
2

7
BRA
1

6
BRA
2

11
USA
1

5
USA
2

7
JPN
1

5
JPN
2

9
CHN
1

NC
CHN
2

17
MAC
1

9
MAC
2

Ret
11th 68
2013 bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T ITA
1

3
ITA
2

20†
MAR
1

6
MAR
2

Ret
SVK
1

8
SVK
2

8
HUN
1

8
HUN
2

3
AUT
1

5
AUT
2

6
RUS
1

13
RUS
2

11
POR
1

13
POR
2

17
ARG
1

11
ARG
2

11
USA
1

4
USA
2

13
JPN
1

2
JPN
2

12
CHN
1

4
CHN
2

13
MAC
1

5
MAC
2

5
11th 141

† — Did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

* Season in progress.

Complete Ginetta GT Supercup results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Pen. DC Pts
2013 TCR Ginetta G55 G55 BRH
1

BRH
2

BRH
3

DON
1

DON
2

DON
3

THR
1

THR
2

THR
3

OUL
1

OUL
2

CRO
1

CRO
2

CRO
3

SNE
1

SNE
2

SNE
3

KNO
1

KNO
2

KNO
3

ROC
1

ROC
2

SIL
1

9
SIL
2

8
BRH
1

8
BRH
2

8
BRH
3

8
18th 68

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2014 Aston Martin Racing LMGTE Pro Aston Martin Vantage GTE Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 SIL
7
SPA
5
LMS
WD
COA
FUJ
SHA
BHR
SÃO
15th* 16*

* Season in progress

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chevrolet confirms official entry". btcc.net (British Touring Car Championship). 2010-03-22. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  2. ^ "Historic pole for MacDowall". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2010-08-07. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  3. ^ "Plato wins to take lead". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2010-08-08. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  4. ^ Abbott, Andrew (24 March 2013). "Muller takes first win of year". TouringCars.net (Andrew Abbott). Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.alexmacdowallracing.co.uk

External links[edit]

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