Tom Chilton made his way to Thruxton for round three of the British Touring Car Championship coming off the back of a win in the World Touring Car Championship at Monza. As much as he would have been high on confidence Tom had unfortunately come down with food poisoning, which would make circulating the fastest circuit in the country even harder!
Qualifying appeared to see Tom finish a hugely impressive 5th place, but a red fag just before Tom crossed the line saw his time disallowed putting him down in 11th for race one.
Still on the mend from his food poisoning Tom found himself battling for positons outside of the top ten with drivers keen to defend every position. The layout of Thruxton makes it a very easy place to defend with only two major braking zones and that made it very difficult for Tom to make any real progress. A spinning Andrew Jordan ahead with just two laps to go didn’t help Tom’s progress either!
After 16 laps, and in a close battle for 11th, Tom crossed the line in 14th, which is where he would start for race two.
The second race was bad for anyone that needed time to move forward. A big shunt just a few laps in had seen part of the barrier destroyed which led to a lengthy break. Once the race was finally resumed after just a couple of laps another red flag came out and the race was stopped after a total of six laps.
In all of that Tom had made a couple of places and finished 12th, which would be his starting position for race three.
In that race Tom showed his true pace as he set the fastest lap of 1:17.380 which is just 0.22 seconds off Yvan Muller’s record set in 2002! If only he’d not had that 5th place disallowed.
The race three result of 11th added to Tom’s earlier results leave Tom in 11th in the championship with seven weekends still to go. The next round will take place at Oulton Park on the 20th/21st May.
Speaking to BTCC Crazy, Tom said “There is nowhere quite like Thruxton, it is a great track and one that I love. I’ve qualified on pole position twice before which isn’t too bad. The Vauxhall has proved to be quick out of the box so I’m excited to see what we can achieve. Thruxton is fast, flowing and you are always a little bit sideways at some point – more often than not on every lap. What isn’t there to enjoy about that!”
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