The Bamboo Engineering will field an all-British line-up for the 2013 FIA World Touring Car Championship season. The Silverstone-based outfit has announced it has re-signed promising Independent Trophy racer Alex MacDowall to partner James Nash, who has joined the team in the off-season.
Twenty-two-year-old MacDowall showed huge promise in his maiden season of WTCC competition, remaining in contention for the Yokohama Independents’ crown right up until the penultimate round of the season at Shanghai, where he was eliminated in a first-corner accident.
“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 (British Touring Car Championship) 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.”
“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,” added Bamboo Engineering team principal Richard Coleman.
“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!”
Despite Chevrolet’s withdrawal from the series with respect to its manufacturer support, the team will again run the same Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T racers that took the works RML squad to a 1-2-3 lockout of the Drivers’ Championship standings and an easy rout of the Manufacturers’ crown.