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BTCC race-winner Chilton joins Motorbase for 2018

Wednesday, December 20 2017

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race-winner Tom Chilton has switched to Kent's Motorbase squad for the 2018 season, which gets underway at Brands Hatch on 7/8 April.

Chilton returned to the BTCC after a five-year absence last season with the Power Maxed Vauxhall team, and claimed a podium finish on his comeback weekend. He ended the year with 15th place in the standings, and also completed a full season in the World Touring Car Championship. In this he was third, and won the FIA WTCC Trophy, which is the series' equivalent of the Independents title.

The 32-year-old will now be back behind the wheel of a Ford Focus, the model in which he ended his first BTCC stint. Chilton's BTCC record includes 12 race wins, 45 podiums, 12 pole positions and the 2010 Independents Drivers title. The deal will also bring backing from global insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting services firm Gallagher to the Shredded Wheat-sponsored team.

"Motorbase is one of the most professional teams on the grid and I think I'll fit in very well;" said Chilton. "I'm excited to be back in the Ford Focus. The last time I raced in the Focus I was crowned British Indy Champion in 2010, so it's great to come back to it.

"I'm fully focused on one full championship next season, the BTCC. I love the fans in the BTCC and I love the racing. It's such a competitive championship; no other series in the world is as close as the BTCC, every win and podium feels so special.

"I'm really happy to have AJ Gallagher follow me back to the BTCC off the back of our WTCC title.  I want to keep momentum from my WTCC title win going and British Champion is where I want to be next, that's the aim for next season."

Team Principal David Bartrum added: "It's great to have Tom on board. He's an excellent addition to the team with a proven touring car history and has all of the right ingredients to help Motorbase Performance challenge for the BTCC crown next season. He brings a wealth of experience with him from both British and World touring cars and it's great to see him back with the Ford brand. A lot of his success in the BTCC has been with the Ford badge, he knows the product and knows our team and I think he will fit in well and be on the pace straight away.

"Our 2018 programme is starting to build up nicely with Tom's signing and we continue to work hard behind the scenes and put all of our plans into place. We still have a few surprises in store and look forward to releasing more details in the coming weeks."

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