Team Halfords man Tom Chilton was left to rue his mistake in the final race of the weekend at Oulton Park after it put paid to his chances of a strong result in the eight round of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill.
Chilton picked up a six-place grid penalty after he went off in the final Oulton Park race, spearing into the side of Steven Kane who was then hit by the SEAT of Jason Plato – with both Chilton and Kane forced into retirement as a result.
That left Chilton on the back foot heading into the Knockhill weekend but he responded by posting the third quickest time in qualifying – which then became ninth on the starting grid for the opening race. Chilton climbed up to seventh when the race started but was then forced wide while dicing for position with Darren Turner and lost places before finishing tenth.
An error early in race two dropped Chilton down to 15th place before he recovered to eleventh and he then took the flag in sixth place after avoiding the melee that occurred in race three.
However, he was also left to wonder what might have happened had it not been for the grid penalty.
"I'd have had two podiums, easy; guaranteed 110 per cent, two podiums," he told Crash.net
when asked what he could have achieved. "My car, the team and me as a package were the quickest things outside the turbo diesels so I feel very sad for everyone that I got the six place penalty and I'm sorry. At Oulton Park I genuinely made a mistake and tried to avoid everyone but I ended up taking Kane out – although it was the contact from Jason that put him into retirement. But that is in the past and all I know is that I have been the quickest petrol car in the last three rounds.
"We should have had a lot more points as the car was very well-prepped and I've shown the pace - I've been one of the quickest cars all weekend. Funnily enough, the last race was my worst in terms of my feeling with the car but I got the best result coming through from eleventh to sixth; I certainly had a good seat for some incidents there! I used my head to stay out of trouble as I wanted a finish and everyone else went off.
"At Silverstone we'll be quick. It's similar to Snetterton and we were strong there, so bring it on."