Team boss Steve Neal insists that his drivers will be free to fight for the title in 2008 after confirmation that Tom Chilton
will partner Gordon Shedden
in Team Halfords' Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship line-up.
The 22-year-old joins the Team Dynamics-run outfit after two trying seasons with Vauxhall and is expected to form a strong line-up alongside Scot Shedden, who won four times during the course of the past season with the all-new Honda Civic – taking third in the standings in the process.
With many expecting the Civic to be one of the cars to beat in 2008 after a winter of further development work, both Shedden and Chilton are likely to be amongst the contenders for the drivers' title and Neal said it was very much a case of the best man will win rather than team orders will favour one driver over another.
"I believe that the fight for overall honours in 2008 will be between our two drivers," he said. "May the best man win.
"Tom's new found maturity after six years in the BTCC
has seen him turn into a very comprehensive and capable driver," he said. "There is a much older head sitting on those young shoulders and we will definitely get the best out of Tom with our closely knit family style team. Tom has always had exceptional speed and he has now learnt considerable race craft this combination will undoubtedly make for a definite race winner and a strong candidate for the overall championship."