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Q&A: Tom Chilton

There is one car that stands out even more for me and that is my 2005 Honda Civic Type-R. I do honestly feel that I would have won the BTCC at 20 years old had I not missed six races that season; I ended up fifth that year. I feel that I would've had the legs over Matt Neal that year in his Honda Integra, which he ended up winning the championship in.

I remember we had no testing and turned up with the car at the second round of the year at Thruxton with dust on it as it was stuck in a stable barn and even had hay on it, we took it out of the box and stuck it on pole by half-a-second which was very satisfying, that was a great car which was, in a way, ahead of its time too.

Now with my experiences and knowledge of other things, we could've made it even faster, but that was a long time ago, a car that I have fond memories of.

Q:
With your experience racing in different series in the UK and round the world, what is your favourite circuit?

Tom Chilton:
That is a question I get asked a lot. I genuinely like all track's I go to, there isn't any particular circuit that I hate but there is one track where I get out and I am completely shaking, because of the amount of adrenaline flowing through my blood system and that is Macau.

The car is so on the edge, you are knocking off the wing mirrors on either side of the barriers, so you have to be careful. That track gives off such an adrenaline buzz.

Another track that I love and is such fun to drive is Knockhill and also Brands Hatch, because turn one at both tracks is similar. You just turn right and then it's a steep downhill drop, like a rollercoaster.

Q:
In your racing career so far, who has been your fiercest rival?

Tom Chilton:
The best touring car driver that I have worked with is my current team mate, Yvan Muller. I honestly don't think that anyone will beat him in the next twenty years, even though he is now over 40. I think he is the best touring car driver that has ever lived.

I have worked and raced with a lot of top drivers and with Muller, it is not necessarily his flat-out pace even though he is always so quick but the fact he gets every single corner perfect.

At Moscow Raceway in Q1, last weekend, I thought I was on top of my game. I was getting everything right and perfect, I thought that I was three tenths quicker than everyone else. No, I was only three-hundredths quicker than him, which is nothing and in Q2 I backed off at the wrong time and got caught up in a quick rain shower on that lap.

Yvan never makes mistakes. I will try and lap within a tenth of a second of my best time, Yvan will lap within hundredths of his best time, it's just that small bit every time which is better.

Q:
What has been your best race in your career so far?

Tom Chilton:


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