Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher is set to resume its title push this coming weekend as the second half of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season gets underway at Snetterton Circuit (August 3-4).
The Motorbase-run outfit heads to Norfolk in confident form after topping the times during the annual Dunlop tyre test on the 300 circuit two weeks ago.
Tom Chilton took top honours from the two-day programme, clocking up the most Km’s and setting the fastest lap-time.
Having unlocked key potential in the Ford Focus RS during the extensive mid-season test, Chilton is more determined than ever to close the gap to the championship leaders as the title battle picks up pace once more.
14-time BTCC race-winner Chilton is looking to add more silverware to the race win and three podiums already under his belt this season.
“Coming back from the break we’re keen to keep the momentum of our mid-season test going, and to show our strength for the whole of the second half of the season;” commented Team Manager Oly Collins.
“We had a great test at Snetterton recently with Tom setting the fastest times on each of the two days, which was great. That said we don’t know quite where our competitors were, we only know what we were doing. But we know it was a positive test for us in many ways.
“I feel sure the normal protagonists will be quick with BMW and Honda in particular but hopefully we can repeat that pace this weekend. It looks like the weather may play a part in the results as well as the mix-up of the new tyre regulations for Snetterton, with all three compounds coming into play on Sunday.”
#3 Tom Chilton:
“We managed to qualify third and finish 5th here last year in the 60th-anniversary race which was quite something. After setting the fastest time in the test a couple of weeks ago we’re arriving with very positive heads to get our 2nd half of the year underway in the right manner.
“Oulton Park did not go our way at all, but it did mean that we looked at the car closely during the test, and the Focus is in a much better place now. We covered a lot of ground during the two days, and we now have the right set-up for each tyre.
“The BMWs will be the cars to beat for sure this weekend, even with full weight, but we’ll be a good position to give them a run for their money! Hopefully, my years of experience will put us in good stead. Experience equals points; that’s what I’m hoping for. I really want to get a win this weekend; it’s been a while since I’ve taken a win at Snetterton.”
Note: Rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship take place at Snetterton circuit, Norfolk on August 3-4.
Let’s expect Tom has a better performance in the coming season.