Professional racing driver Alex MacDowall, from Carlisle in the UK, returns to the world-renowned European Le Mans Series in 2018 to race a Ferrari F488 GTE with the highly successful JMW Motorsport team.
Having won the prestigious LMGTE title in the ELMS in 2016 with Aston Martin, taking two race victories along the way, last year he competed in the ADAC GT Masters series at the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3R.
Alex began his racing career aged just 14 in T Car Championship, with no previous karting experience, before stepping-up to the Renault UK Clio Cup with Total Control Racing where he was third in the end-of- year Winter Series in 2007. Staying in the championship in 2008 and 2009, during his final season he secured four race victories and ended the campaign as Vice-Champion.
Impressing several of the top Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship teams during his Clio Cup tenure, in March 2010 it was confirmed Alex would graduate into the UK's biggest motor racing category with the RML-run Silverline Chevrolet factory-supported BTCC entry as team-mate to Jason Plato.
His rookie BTCC year was a great success – Alex claimed two podiums, two pole positions and a fastest lap on his way to an overall top 10 finish in the championship. The following season he secured three podium finishes and ended the year in ninth place.
In 2012 and 2013, Alex moved onto the international stage in the FIA World Touring Car Championship and during his second year in the WTCC he was Vice-Champion in the Independents Trophy with five victories and eight podiums – including an impressive win at the world-famous Guia street circuit in Macau on the Macau Grand Prix weekend.
Moving from touring cars to GT endurance competition in 2014 as a factory driver for Aston Martin Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship, Alex contested two full seasons in the GTE Class in the Pro category and secured a podium in his maiden season with team-mates Darryl O'Young and Fernando Rees. During this time, Alex competed in the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hour Race.
In 2015, he became a race winner in FIA WEC and also a podium finisher in both the Liqui Molly Bathurst 12 Hours in Australia and at the European Le Mans Series ‘4 Hours of Estoril’ event. Then, in 2016, he achieved his biggest success yet – with team-mates Darren Turner and Andrew Howard – by winning the LMGTE title during a dramatic final round ELMS decider at Estoril in Portugal.
To win the Le Mans 24 Hour and Bathurst 12 Hour
2017: ADAC GT Masters (Porsche 911 GT3R)
2016: European Le Mans Series Champion (2 wins)
2015: Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 hours, 3rd overall
2015: European Le Mans Series – 2nd in LMGT Class at 4 Hours of Estoril
2015: FIA WEC GTE, 7th (Aston Martin Racing, Pro Class) (1 win)
2014: FIA WEC GTE, 12th (Aston Martin Racing, Pro Class) (1 podium)
2013: FIA WTCC, 2nd (Independents Trophy) (5 wins and 8 podiums)
2012: FIA WTCC, 5th (Independents Trophy) (2 wins)
2011: BTCC, 9th (Chevrolet Factory Team) (3 podiums)
2010: BTCC, 11th (Chevrolet Factory Team) (2 podiums)
2009: Renault Clio Cup, 2nd (4 wins, 12 podiums)
2008: Renault Clio Cup, 7th (1 podium)
2008: Renault Clio Cup Winter Series, 3rd (3 podiums)
2007: Renault Clio Cup Winter Series, 3rd (1 podium)
2006: T Cars Championship, 7th (1 podium)
Hobbies: Cycling, going to the gym
Race Track: Bathurst, Australia
Car: Aston Martin DBS V12
Food: Indian Curry, Fillet Steak
Interests: Squash, Tennis, Skiing, Music
2018: European Le Mans Series LMGTE
Car: Ferrari F488 GTE
Residence: Carlisle, Cumbria
Profession: Racing Driver
Marital Status: Single