Taking part in his 100th WTCC race, Tom Chilton once again found himself on the podium with an impressive double in a cloudy and wet Hungary. As the rain settled in for the opening race, the Sébastien Loeb Racing team switched Tom's Citroën C-Elysée onto grooved tyres. By lap 8, Chilton was on for a podium and by the chequered flag he had muscled his way into P2.
As conditions deteriorated into the Main Race, the action got underway on a rain soaked track. Tom once again showed his impressive wet running skills as he took the lead in the WTCC Trophy class and finished P5 overall.
This topped a fantastic weekend for Tom with P2 and P1 in the WTCC Trophy for privateer teams and P2 and P5 in the main standings. This leaves him second in the WTCC Trophy title race heading into Morocco.
“I’m happy to have achieved everything I wanted to do, namely two podiums in the WTCC Trophy and one podium overall. I was hoping for a change in fortune after another unlucky qualifying, and obviously I wanted to fight for victory in Race 1. Anyway, I couldn’t have dreamt for a better end thanks to a 1-2 finish with Mehdi. The second race was a lot wetter, the conditions were very tricky and it was extremely hard to find the perfect racing line, very different from the first round. In a few laps I was able to adapt my driving style and to go faster or slower, depending on the conditions. We’ve secured some solid points and I won my first victory of the season in the WTCC Trophy. It was a perfect weekend for us and I’m now looking forward to the next race in Marrakech. I don’t know the new circuit, but I’ve always loved the country and I’ve got good results there in the past. Let’s try to continue the momentum we’ve gathered in Hungary.”
Team boss, Dominique Heintz added: “It’s an important day for the team as a whole, everybody is very proud including Sébastien and myself. The team has come such a long way since we’ve created it!” Dominique Heintz declares. “It’s a first victory in a World Championship so that’s obviously very special. We’ve gone up a step in the team’s history and it feels like we’ve done it in style: a double with Mehdi and Tom, plus a one-two-three win in the independent trophy with Grégoire, as well as good decisions made by the technical team. We’re just enjoying this success right now!”
WTCC now heads to Marrakech (Morocco) where the team hopes to continue the strong momentum build in Hungary.
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