Tom Chilton confirms double WTCC/BTCC programme for 2017
British racer Tom Chilton announces double touring car programme for 2017 season. After he joined Power Maxed Racing for the 2017 British Touring Car Championship season with new Vauxhall Astra, today is confirmed that Chilton re-signed for Sebastien Loeb Racing to compete with Citroen C-Elysee in the 2017 World Touring Car Championship.
In 2016, Chilton challenged for the Independents’ WTCC Trophy, finishing as a runner-up to teammate Mehdi Bennani. In the overall standings, he was in the 8th place. The 31-year-old Chilton recorded 117 WTCC starts so far, scoring four wins, two poles and four fastest laps, including last year’s fastest lap at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife.
“It’s going to be a busy year but I’m immensely proud and excited to be working with Sebastien Loeb Racing again in what is going to be a thrilling season. The 2016 season delivered some amazing moments that I want to carry into this year and improve on my second place in the WTCC Trophy. I would also like to thank our sponsor, international insurance brokerage and risk management services firm Arthur J. Gallagher, for their ongoing support. Winning on the track or in business is almost always the result of strong partnerships and teamwork. I am fortunate to have amazing support from both the Sébastien Loeb Racing team and Gallagher and look forward to more wins over the coming months,” Tom Chilton said.
The season 2017 would be also the year of Chilton’s return to the BTCC, in which he competed last time in 2011 with Team Aon’s Ford Focus. In 2017, Chilton will run brand new Vauxhall Astra for Power Maxed Racing, alongside BTCC rookie Senna Proctor. Chilton already competed with Vauxhall Astra eleven years ago, in the 2006 BTCC season. In his BTCC career, Chilton scored 12 wins, 45 podiums and 10 poles.
“I am delighted to be back in the BTCC, I have continued to watch as a fan while racing in World Touring Cars and the itch to get back behind the wheel on British soil has never gone away. So you can imagine how excited I was when Adam (team principal) got in touch, plus to get to return in a Vauxhall Astra, a car that I know and love is a dream. I am confident that Power Maxed Racing will be front runners and scoring podiums, the team are fantastic, and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel,” Tom Chilton commented.