Having taken a double podium at the circuit in 2016, Chilton headed into this weekend’s races in high spirits as he targeted a repeat of his form from last year.
Tom qualified sixth for the Main Race, which became fifth for the reverse-grid Opening Race. In the 3 lap race where tyre woes were at the ready Tom nursed his car home to finish in fourth with the fastest lap in the opening race, narrowly missing out on a podium finish on the last lap.
Race two saw Tom endure a race long battle with his Sébastien Loeb Racing team-mate Mehdi Bennani. Tom eventually came home in fifth place.
“Living up to its reputation, the Nürburgring has not been easy,” said Chilton. “As far as I’m concerned, I had a slightly frustrating weekend. “For sure, the podium was at close range in the Opening Race. Unfortunately, during a ride off the track, a driver did not respect the yellow flag, and I didn’t manage to narrow the gap to go and get a third place.
Tom leaves Germany fourth overall in the drivers’ championship and top Citroen driver. Tom is 21 points adrift of championship leader Nick Catsburg.
Tom’s next FIA WTCC outing is the Race of Portugal on the 25th June.
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