Q&A: Tom Chilton

That is a tough one, as I have had many good races, many that stick out, but I think my first BTCC win at Silverstone in 2004. I was 19 years old and I went from tenth to first, I was helped a bit by Anthony Reid and Matt Neal holding each other up and at times 'Reidy' playing games and backing everyone up.

Very clever driver, but I fired it to the left just before the straight and got both of them. They ended up tangling and both went on the grass on the penultimate lap and I took my first race win.

Motorsport fans will know you for racing in the British and World Championship series; you have also competed in GT/Sports car racing. What other forms of racing would you like to do eventually in the future?

Tom Chilton:
In January 2006, just after I signed with Triple 888 racing as a works Vauxhall BTCC driver, part of the deal was that I could go to Australia and test a V8 Supercar, as they also ran a team over there. Roland Dane who ran the Aussie V8 team said 'Tom, you are very fast, but something in the back of my head tells me that you are too young to do Bathurst 24 Hours'.

In that year I had won Nurburgring 1000 KM from last in LMP1 class and also won at Laguna Seca, where I had qualified on pole, so, I had the speed, but he was worried that I didn't have the experience at that time, which is fair enough. So Aussie V8 Supercars, is something which I'd like to have a go at.

How does the World Touring Car Championship compare the British series?

Tom Chilton:
I think the World championship is a step up in terms of professionalism. The way the championship is run is ten times better than the British. The event organisers, Eurosport, do a very good job, it is covered in so many countries and I think there was something around 512 million viewers worldwide last season, which is just mental.

Like WTCC, the BTCC is very similar because they are both the best championships that you can get of their kind have very close racing with top drivers and professional teams.

There is something about the World championship which is just a class above; you have got to get the slipstreaming right as we go to longer circuits and you have to be quite tactical too. The Yokohama tyres are different too and you need to learn them, now I am used to them, I do enjoy racing on them.

I also like the locations where we race. I would never have gone to Moscow, had the Russian round not been on the calendar, so I can now say that I have been there, so it is good from that point of view too.

What are your thoughts about the next generation of WTCC car specification regulations, which could come into force as early as next year?

Tom Chilton:

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