Tom Chilton, born in 1985, comes from a successful sporting family. He is also a brilliant British racing driver. He has spent most of his career competing in touring car racing. Tom Chilton joined the BTCC in 2002. At the time, he was the youngest driver ever taken to the grid at 17 years old. In 2010, he became the independent driver champion. He raced the Focus RS at Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher in 2018, driving consistently well on the way to third in the Drivers’ Championship, with a victory at Knockhill.
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Tom Chilton secured his 15th BTCC career win during an action-packed closing race on the Kent circuit, last weekend (April, 6/7, 2019), adding to his earlier 3rd-placed podium and top-nine finish for the Motorbase-run squad during the 2019 curtain-raiser.
Tricky racing conditions for the opening round of the season threw-up a conundrum for the grid. With an almost 50/50 split of teams opting to run on either slicks or wets on the damp track, both Chilton and team-mate Ollie Jackson took a risk on the medium compound starting from P13 and P27 on the grid.
Race 2 proved to be more of a scrappy affair for the Motorbase-duo. A strong start for the Gallagher-backed driver that saw him make a move on Jake Hill as the race leaders charged into Paddock Hill bend was rewarded with a P2 position. Regrettably, it was a short-lived result. After coming under relentless pressure from the charging pack, Chilton defended hard against the lighter opposition but dropped down the order to eventually cross the line in 9th.
Starting from P3 by virtue of the reversed grid draw, Chilton’s ballast was dropped to 6kg for the final race of the day. Beaten off the line by the fast-starting rear wheel drive cars, Chilton dropped back to P6 at the first corner. A heroic battle back from the 34-year-old, however, saw him reclaim third by the end of the first lap.
Chasing down lead pair of Neal and Jelley, Chilton made his movement on the BMW on lap 8 to take second place before besting three-times BTCC-champion Neal as the two raced through Clearways on the following tour. With a clear run ahead of him, Chilton took a commanding race win in the #3 Focus RS, and his second visit to the podium.
Regrettably, Chilton’s movement was deemed as an illegal overtake by officials following the final race, and Chilton was handed a 5-second penalty, with the amended race result recorded as a P2 finish for the Motorbase driver. There is no doubt that Tom is the champion and the best racing driver in all our fans’ minds.
Having bagged a strong haul of points over the weekend, Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher left it home circuit sitting in 2nd place in the overall and Independent Teams standings, with Tom Chilton also 2nd in the overall’ and Independent Drivers’ championship points.
The Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship has a short two-week break, before heading to Donington Park on April 27/28 for rounds 4, 5 and 6.
Let’s expect Tom has a better performance in the coming season.