Tom Chilton has signed for Motorbase Performance for the 2018 British Touring Car Championship to drive a Shredded Wheat with Gallagher-sponsored Ford Focus.

Chilton made his return to BTCC last year with Power Maxed Racing after five years spent solely competing in the World Touring Car Championship. Last year’s dual campaign in the two series saw him secure the WTCC Independents’ trophy on his way to third place in the overall championship plus 15th place in the BTCC drivers’ championship with a rostrum at Brands Hatch Indy.

Chilton is eager to hunt further silverware in 2018 to add to his 2010 BTCC Independent drivers’ title and is relishing the return to Ford machinery in his full comeback to the national series next year.

“Motorbase is one of the most professional teams on the grid and I think I’ll fit in very well,” Chilton said. “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.”

Chilton has brought on sponsor AJ Gallagher to the Motorbase Performance squad – which will run under the Shredded Wheat racing with Gallagher banner in 2018 – and is targeting titles next season.

“I’m really happy to have AJ Gallagher follow me back to the BTCC off the back of our WTCC title,” he added. “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.”