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Tom Chilton

Biography

Tom Chilton joined the BTCC with Barwell Motorsport back in 2002, driving a Vauxhall Astra Coupe. At the time, he was the youngest driver ever take to the grid at 17 years old. Chilton was quick right off the bat and took 15th place overall, and 5th in the Independents’ Championship.

Arena Motorsport – a works Honda outfit until 2004 –was his next destination, between 2003-2005. He would drive a Civic Type R alongside Matt Neal and Alan Morrison in the opening year until Honda’s backing was withdrawn. The team then switched to a single-car effort with Chilton alone for 2004. His first victory in the championship came that season at Silverstone – making him the youngest ever winner in the BTCC. Win number two came 20 races later at Donington Park. In 2005, he juggled ALMS and the BTCC, meaning he started 24 of 30 races but still finished a creditable 5th in the overall standings.

A return to Vauxhall came about in 2006, once again driving the Astra – this time for VX Racing. Chilton raced to a handful of podiums in 2006 and 2007, driving the new Vectra, but chose to move on for 2008 – back to Honda machinery at Team Halfords as team-mate to Gordon Shedden. A dominant victory at Brands Hatch was his first since 2005 and ensured 10th spot in the standings.

For 2009, Chilton made his return to Arena Motorsport to drive a Ford Focus ST under the Team Aon banner. The car was green, however, and significant in-season development would only yield 13th in the standings. A switch to LPG propulsion in 2010 produced a more competitive machine which, in fact, took four of the first five poles of the season. Chilton secured the Independents’ Championship at the end of an impressive campaign, by a a slim two-point margin over Steven Kane.

In 2011, the team introduced the third-generation Ford Focus with Chilton driving it to two victories and 7th in the Drivers’ Championship.

Chilton’s return to the BTCC with Power Maxed Racing in 2017, driving the brand-new Vauxhall Astra did bring silverware and dovetailed the campaign with one in the World Touring Car Championship. For 2018, he returns to Ford machinery in the Focus RS at Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher.

Instagram: @tomchilton

Season Results

Event Session Position
Brands Hatch Indy Qualifying 7th
Race 1 5th
Race 2 28th
Race 3 27th
Donington Park Qualifying 8th
Race 1 29th
Race 2 10th
Race 3 9th
Thruxton Qualifying 7th
Race 1 5th
Race 2 9th
Race 3 11th
Oulton Park Qualifying 3rd
Race 1 2nd
Race 2 3rd
Race 3 7th
Croft Qualifying 17th
Race 1 15th
Race 2 6th
Race 3 2nd
Snetterton Qualifying 1 16th
Snetterton Qualifying 2 3rd
Race 1 13th
Race 2 11th
Race 3 5th
Rockingham Qualifying 7th
Race 1 3rd
Race 2 10th
Race 3 DNF

Driver Info

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 15 March 1985
Place of Birth: Reigate, Surrey
Team: Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher
Car: Ford Focus RS

BTCC Debut: Brands Hatch, 2002

BTCC Races: 318
BTCC Wins: 12
BTCC Podiums: 47
BTCC Poles: 12
BTCC Fastest Laps: 14
BTCC Points: 1401

Driver Titles

2010 Independents’ Championship

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2018 Drivers

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