In the opening race, played out under a clear sky, Tom started from 12th and quickly made his way up to 9th. He would improve on this to cross the line in 8th overall and 2nd in the WTCC Trophy to pick up another podium and important Championship points.
In the main race the conditions changed considerably when the rains came. Tom switched to a wet set up on a slippery track, ultimately bringing his Citroën C-Elysée home in P10. However, the Sebastian Loeb driver had used unmarked tyres which is a breach of the sporting regulations, resulting in exclusion from the race, promoting Nicky Catsburg in the Lada into a points finish and Chilton's former teammate, Tom Coronel, moved up a place to claim third in the WTCC Trophy to cap a positive weekend for him that has put the pressure on Chilton in the Championship. With just 3 points separating the two Tom's heading to the next round at the legendary Nordschleife in Germany we can expect an exciting battle.
“Before the weekend we had hoped for good results after two podiums in Hungary and I’m a big fan of Marrakech” Tom Chilton says (No.3 Citroën C-Elysée). “Unfortunately we really struggled in qualifying but in the first race I got a good start and from there had to keep my teammates behind me, it was pleasing to pick up P2 in the WTCC Trophy. Just before the main race we had some rain so changed set-up to prepare for a wet race. I had a great fight with James Thompson, an old rival from our BTCC days, sadly, with 80 kilos of ballast I was pretty powerless to catch him. I was happy with the podium but that was before my car was excluded after scrutineering which is a huge frustration”.
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