Tom Chilton

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Tom Chilton
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Nationality  British
Born (1985-03-15) 15 March 1985 (age 29)
Reigate (England)
Related to Max Chilton (brother)
2014 WTCC
Debut season 2012
Current team ROAL Motorsport
Car no. 3
Former teams Team Aon, RML
Starts 61
Wins 3
Poles 1
Fastest laps 2
Best finish 5th in 2013
Previous series
2005, 2007
2005, 2007
20022011
2000–01
ALMS
Le Mans Series
BTCC
T Cars
Championship titles
2010 BTCC Independents' Trophy
BTCC record
Teams Team Aon
Team Dynamics
VX Racing
Honda
Barwell Motorsport
Drivers
championships
0
Wins 12
Podium finishes 45
Poles 10
Fastest laps 12
Debut season 2002
First win 2004
Best championship position 5th (2005 and 2010)
Final season (2011) position 7th (135 points)

Thomas James "Tom" Chilton (born 15 March 1985 in Reigate) is a British auto racing driver. He has spent most of his career competing in the BTCC; he is a former factory Vauxhall and Honda driver. He currently drives for ROAL Motorsport[1] in the World Touring Car Championship. His younger brother Max Chilton, who is also a racing driver, made his Formula One début in 2013.

Career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Tom was educated at Reigate St. Mary's School and Shiplake College. A keen racer from an early age, he competed in the BRSCC T-Cars Championship in 1999 and 2000, going on to take the BRSCC Saloon Car winter championship in 2001.

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

Barwell Motorsport (2002)[edit]

Chilton driving for VX Racing at Brands Hatch in the 2006 BTCC season.

Turning his attention to the BTCC, he was team mate to ex-Superbike racer Aaron Slight in 2002 driving a Vauxhall Astra Coupé for Barwell Motorsport. He proved to be very quick, and although his lack of experience counted against him he nevertheless finished the season in 15th place overall and 5th in the Independents' Cup.

Chilton driving for VX Racing at Oulton Park during the 2007 BTCC season.

Arena Motorsport (2003–2005)[edit]

In 2003 he finished in 9th place overall driving a works Honda Civic Type-R run by Arena Motorsport alongside Matt Neal and Alan Morrison. With Honda withdrawing manufacturer support for 2004, Arena only had the budget to run a single car for Chilton. However, the car was still well-prepared and he came through to take his first victory during the 9th race of the season, at Silverstone, in the process becoming the youngest winner of a BTCC race. He won again in the 29th race at Donington.

His plans for 2005 centered around the DTM with a new programme backed by MG Rover, but this fell through with the demise of the British marque. He and Arena rejoined the BTCC at the second meeting of the season and combined his touring car duties with racing for Zytek in the ALMS and LMS endurance series. Chilton won in both ALMS and LMS racing. He was classified 5th in the 2005 British Touring Car Championship season despite only starting 24 of the 30 races. Chilton's involvement with Zytek continued, subject to funding and availability; Tom and his brother Max drove the car at the Silverstone 1000 km in September 2007.

VX Racing (2006–2007)[edit]

Chilton negotiating the chicane at Snetterton in 2008.

VX Racing signed him for 2006 to drive the #5 Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch. In a disappointing season for Vauxhall, Chilton never won a race and slipped to 7th overall. However, Vauxhall retained Chilton and Fabrizio Giovanardi for 2007, but Chilton did not want to stay at VX Racing in 2008.

Team Halfords (2008)[edit]

He left to partner Gordon Shedden at Team Dynamics for the 2008 BTCC season and replacing VX Racing-bound Matt Neal. In the final round of the championship, Chilton won his first race since round 25 of the 2005 season with a dominant victory at Brands Hatch. This also ensured his tenth place in the championship.

Team Aon (2009–2011)[edit]

For 2009 Chilton returned to Arena Motorsport to drive a Ford Focus ST in the BTCC under the Team Aon banner, but spent much of the year developing the car and he ended the season 13th in the drivers' standings.

He remained with the team for 2010. The LPG-powered car was more competitive, taking four of the first five poles, but bad luck meant team-mate Tom Onslow-Cole took better results than Chilton initially. Both were on the podium in race two at Snetterton.[2] At Silverstone the team was dominant, and Chilton was allowed to take both wins ahead of team-mate Tom Onslow-Cole.[3] Onslow-Cole finished ahead in the overall drivers' championship but Chilton secured the Independents' Trophy by a two point margin over Steven Kane.

For 2011 the team developed a new car based on the new third generation Ford Focus which ran to Super 2000 regulations powered by an NGTC turbocharged engine.[4] Results were poor initially as the car was developed but Chilton took the car to pole position at Knockhill, going on to win race one. He also won the final race of the season at Silverstone. He finished the year 7th in the drivers' championship on 197 points.

World Touring Car Championship[edit]

Team Aon (2012)[edit]

Chilton driving for Team Aon at the 2012 FIA WTCC Race of Japan.

Chilton made his debut in the World Touring Car Championship in 2012, driving for the Arena Motorsport team with their Ford Focus S2000 TC alongside fellow WTCC debutant James Nash.[5] Although he was new to the championship, Chilton was ruled out of the Yokohama Trophy due to his experience in the BTCC as both a privateer and a works driver.[6] In race one in Morocco, he scored the first points for Ford in their WTCC return after coming home in seventh place.[7] He scored another point in race two in Slovakia. Chilton was given a five place grid penalty for a collision during qualifying for the Race of Austria, he locked up down the inside of Franz Engstler and made contact, putting Engstler out of Q1.[8] An engine change for both Fords at the Race of Japan sent Chilton to the back of the grid for the first race.[9] In the final race at Macau, Chilton lost control in the oil left on the track from Alex MacDowall's collision with the barrier on lap 4, the subsequent crash forced him to retire. Chilton finishes 22nd in the drivers' standings, two places behind team mate Nash. After the season, the Arena Motorsport suspended their WTCC programme after losing technical backing from Ford and closed down, leaving Chilton without a drive for 2013.[10][11]

RML (2013)[edit]

Chilton moved to RML for the 2013 season, driving a Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T alongside former world champion Yvan Muller.[12] He finished second behind Muller at the season opening Race of Italy[13] He took his first WTCC pole position at the Race of the United States, beating teammate Muller.[14] From pole he held off Tiago Monteiro to claim his first race win in the World Touring Car Championship.[15]

ROAL Motorsport (2014)[edit]

On 12 December 2013 Chilton announced[16] that in 2014 he will drive Car nr. 3. for the Italian based team ROAL Motorsport in an all-new Chevrolet Cruze to be built by RML under the new TC1 regulations. His team-mate in the season will be Dutch driver Tom Coronel.

TV appearances[edit]

He was one of many racing drivers rumoured to be The Stig on BBC2 show Top Gear, after the previous Stig revealed his identity.

He has appeared in five series of Top Gear. In Series 5, Episode 5, he was one of the drivers in the People Carrier Race. He then again appeared in the first episode of series 6 as one of the drivers in the Toyota Aygo football match. More recently he has appeared in Series 10 episode 6 when he raced a Chevrolet motorhome with other touring car drivers as well as Richard Hammond. In Series 12 episode 5 he raced (and then rolled over) a double decker bus, and had earlier on in the episode raced against Jeremy Clarkson whilst driving a BMW M3. On 6 December 2009, he appeared in a further episode of Top Gear, racing against other touring car drivers in airport vehicles. In Series 20, episode 2, he raced a taxi cab against Richard Hammond.

In 2009 he appeared with Anthony Reid in a music video for singer-songwriter Andy J Gallagher.[17]

Chilton appeared as a single man in Episode 4 of the first series of the ITV show Take Me Out hosted by Paddy McGuiness.


Racing record[edit]

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) Races in bold indicate pole position (1 point awarded – 2002 all races, 2003–present just in first race) Races in italics indicate fastest lap (1 point awarded all races) * signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap (1 point given – 2002 just in feature race, 2003–present all races)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Pen. Pos Pts
2002 Barwell Motorsport Vauxhall Astra Coupé T BRH
1

3
BRH
2

Ret
OUL
1

11
OUL
2

9
THR
1

13
THR
2

Ret
SIL
1

11
SIL
2

Ret
MON
1

9
MON
2

Ret
CRO
1

Ret
CRO
2

Ret
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

8*
KNO
1

10
KNO
2

7
BRH
1

12
BRH
2

10
DON
1

12
DON
2

Ret
−10 15th 14
2003 Honda Racing Honda Civic Type-R T MON
1

Ret
MON
2

3
BRH
1

DNS
BRH
2

DNS
THR
1

7
THR
2

10
SIL
1

5
SIL
2

6
ROC
1

4
ROC
2

7
CRO
1

7
CRO
2

12
SNE
1

6
SNE
2

5
BRH
1

8*
BRH
2

7
DON
1

7
DON
2

6
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

DNS
9th 70
2004 Team Honda Honda Civic Type-R THR
1

10
THR
2

Ret
THR
3

10
BRH
1

3
BRH
2

6
BRH
3

6
SIL
1

18
SIL
2

10
SIL
3

1*
OUL
1

11
OUL
2

7
OUL
3

6
MON
1

7
MON
2

8
MON
3

5
CRO
1

19
CRO
2

9
CRO
3

7
KNO
1

2
KNO
2

Ret
KNO
3

Ret
BRH
1

6
BRH
2

13
BRH
3

8
SNE
1

3
SNE
2

10
SNE
3

12
DON
1

9
DON
2

1*
DON
3

12
9th 116
2005 Arena Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R DON
1
DON
2
DON
3
THR
1

10*
THR
2

6
THR
3

Ret
BRH
1

7
BRH
2

NC
BRH
3

7
OUL
1

5
OUL
2

5
OUL
3

1*
CRO
1

6
CRO
2

3
CRO
3

9
MON
1

9
MON
2

8*
MON
3

2*
SNE
1

1*
SNE
2

1*
SNE
3

7
KNO
1

5
KNO
2

3
KNO
3

3
SIL
1

1*
SIL
2

8*
SIL
3

3
BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
5th 175
2006 VX Racing Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch BRH
1

2*
BRH
2

7
BRH
3

3*
MON
1

6
MON
2

Ret
MON
3

9
OUL
1

9
OUL
2

7
OUL
3

3*
THR
1

4
THR
2

9
THR
3

8
CRO
1

Ret
CRO
2

8
CRO
3

6
DON
1

5
DON
2

Ret
DON
3

6
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

7
SNE
3

3*
KNO
1

12
KNO
2

Ret
KNO
3

Ret
BRH
1

4
BRH
2

6
BRH
3

8*
SIL
1

3
SIL
2

Ret
SIL
3

3
7th 139
2007 VX Racing Vauxhall Vectra BRH
1

6
BRH
2

3
BRH
3

7
ROC
1

2
ROC
2

3
ROC
3

4
THR
1

6
THR
2

3
THR
3

8
CRO
1

8
CRO
2

Ret
CRO
3

7
OUL
1

6
OUL
2

9
OUL
3

6
DON
1

15
DON
2

12
DON
3

7
SNE
1

3
SNE
2

8
SNE
3

8
BRH
1

6
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

9
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

11
KNO
3

Ret
THR
1

Ret*
THR
2

9
THR
3

3
9th 130
2008 Team Halfords Honda Civic BRH
1

9
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

7
ROC
1

8
ROC
2

7
ROC
3

2
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

5
DON
3

5
THR
1

7
THR
2

12
THR
3

Ret
CRO
1

Ret
CRO
2

14
CRO
3

4
SNE
1

3
SNE
2

15
SNE
3

7
OUL
1

2
OUL
2

11
OUL
3

Ret
KNO
1

10
KNO
2

11
KNO
3

6
SIL
1

12
SIL
2

Ret
SIL
3

9
BRH
1

8
BRH
2

6
BRH
3

1*
10th 107
2009 Team Aon Ford Focus ST BRH
1

11
BRH
2

14
BRH
3

11
THR
1

15
THR
2

17
THR
3

Ret
DON
1

12
DON
2

17
DON
3

9
OUL
1

13
OUL
2

12
OUL
3

Ret
CRO
1

Ret
CRO
2

DNS
CRO
3

10
SNE
1

11
SNE
2

Ret
SNE
3

Ret
KNO
1

11
KNO
2

11
KNO
3

8
SIL
1

11
SIL
2

5
SIL
3

Ret
ROC
1

18
ROC
2

9
ROC
3

3*
BRH
1

2*
BRH
2

6*
BRH
3

3
13th 55
2010 Team Aon Ford Focus ST LPG THR
1

Ret
THR
2

Ret
THR
3

8
ROC
1

11
ROC
2

6
ROC
3

Ret
BRH
1

1*
BRH
2

DSQ
BRH
3

6
OUL
1

5
OUL
2

6
OUL
3

4
CRO
1

18
CRO
2

11
CRO
3

4
SNE
1

3
SNE
2

2
SNE
3

4
SIL
1

1*
SIL
2

1*
SIL
3

6
KNO
1

5
KNO
2

4
KNO
3

10
DON
1

2
DON
2

4
DON
3

5
BRH
1

7
BRH
2

5
BRH
3

3
5th 191
2011 Team Aon Ford Focus BRH
1

3
BRH
2

8
BRH
3

8
DON
1

4
DON
2

4
DON
3

Ret
THR
1

4
THR
2

4
THR
3

Ret
OUL
1

17
OUL
2

10
OUL
3

7
CRO
1

7
CRO
2

6
CRO
3

9
SNE
1

9
SNE
2

12
SNE
3

13
KNO
1

1*
KNO
2

4*
KNO
3

6
ROC
1

13
ROC
2

11
ROC
3

18
BRH
1

7
BRH
2

5
BRH
3

4
SIL
1

12
SIL
2

8
SIL
3

1*
7th 135

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Pos Pts
2012 Team Aon Ford Focus S2000 TC ITA
1

13
ITA
2

16
ESP
1

19
ESP
2

15
MAR
1

7
MAR
2

16†
SVK
1

Ret
SVK
2

10
HUN
1

15
HUN
2

14
AUT
1

16
AUT
2

11
POR
1

16
POR
2

15
BRA
1

16
BRA
2

16†
USA
1

12
USA
2

15
JPN
1

15
JPN
2

18
CHN
1

11
CHN
2

19
MAC
1

13
MAC
2

Ret
22nd 7
2013 RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T ITA
1

2
ITA
2

5
MAR
1

Ret
MAR
2

3
SVK
1

Ret
SVK
2

7
HUN
1

7
HUN
2

7
AUT
1

7
AUT
2

NC
RUS
1

9
RUS
2

6
POR
1

2
POR
2

9
ARG
1

3
ARG
2

12
USA
1

1
USA
2

11
JPN
1

4
JPN
2

6
CHN
1

1
CHN
2

10
MAC
1

Ret
MAC
2

Ret
5th 213
2014 ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 MAR
1

4
MAR
2

4
FRA
1

9
FRA
2

15
HUN
1

14
HUN
2

7
SVK
1

5
SVK
2

C
AUT
1

6
AUT
2

Ret
RUS
1

5
RUS
2

6
BEL
1

10
BEL
2

10
ARG
1

6
ARG
2

Ret
BEI
1

1
BEI
2

8
CHN
1

Ret
CHN
2

7
JPN
1

2
JPN
2

10
MAC
1

12
MAC
2

7
8th 150

† — Did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance. * Season in progress.

References[edit]

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