MacDowall joins Schutz Motorsport
Alex MacDowall will race in the ADAC GT Masters championship with leading entrant bigFM Racing Team Schutz Motorsport. Switching to Porsche for his maiden season in the German series, having last year piloted an Aston Martin to the LMGTE title victory with Darren Turner and Andrew Howard, 26-year-old British driver will drive a 911 GT3R.
MacDowall’s 2017 season will begin a fortnight from now, over the weekend 29th/30th April at Oschersleben. Last weekend, he took part in the club-level German DMV GTC Championship at Hockenheim in order to gain some important race mileage in the Schutz Porsche and eased to pole position and race victory. Going on to take part in the official ADAC GT pre-season test at Oschersleben earlier this week, the two-day outing went very well with team-mate Bachler posting the third fastest time.
“I’m really pleased to be racing in ADAC GT this year, it’s a strong championship and Schutz is a great team, and I must thank Richard Coleman for putting the deal together”, said MacDowall, “We’ll see how the first round goes and take it from there, but the car looks quick from this week’s official test and Klaus and I have gelled well together. The Porsche is quite a quirky car to get your head around, with the engine right at the back and so much weight over the rear wheels. There’s a precise driving style you have to adapt to, it’s not easy but we’re definitely getting there. It’s going to be quite a tough year but I’m confident of a solid season, especially with such an enthusiastic team around me.”
Austrian 25-year-old team-mate Klaus Bachler, is a race winner in the Porsche Supercup as well as an LMGTE podium finisher in the FIA World Endurance Championship, plus he was fourth overall in the ADAC GT Masters with Schutz in 2015.