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Q&A: Tom Chilton

It will be great if they do come in, but, obviously, I do not know what will happen to the current chassis' such as the BMW and SEAT cars, they might have to sell them onto somebody else to use them, unless they can divide the series into two championships.

When I first started in BTCC in 2002, there was class B alongside the main class A touring cars, so I think it would be good to incorporate something like that with the new regulation cars.

The new cars will have 60hp more, but still 1.6-litre engines and one inch bigger tyres with more focus on aero packages, a little bit like the British championship cars, but not 2.0-litre. They will have substantially more grip and power.

If they cannot do a class A/B system, they want each manufacturer to build around six cars each I believe? So there might be a 12 car grid for next year with the new specifications, so you don't know what is going to happen until it is all announced.

Q:
What are your goals and aims for the second half of the 2013 season?

Tom Chilton:
I just need a bit more luck. At each round, RML have told me what my goals are for the weekend. The last two rounds I have been first and second in terms of the top laptimes and challenging Yvan Muller and have gotten used to the car.

At Salzburgring I started from 16th, I managed to get up to seventh in eleven laps without making mistakes and at Russia this weekend; I went from twelfth to sixth. I've finally got my starts sorted out too, people don't know the technicalities behind getting the rolling start right, but it's harder than it looks to get it spot on.

So all I have to do is string the whole lot together and I will be up there and just need that bit of luck. I've got everything together and now that I understand the Chevrolet Cruze, I just need to put it all together.

The worst circuit for the Ford last year was Portimao where we qualified five seconds a lap slower than the front row guys. It was highly frustrating for all involved, not just for myself and James Nash. It was like racing in a different championship class. Sadly the class B not A.

This year for both of us revisiting circuits but racing in the Chevrolet, we leave the pit lane on cold tyres for the first lap out driving and will be at least three seconds a lap faster than last year on a low fuel load and new tyres running in qualifying trim. So this means I have to learn almost everything again at a faster pace and use different braking points and racing lines.

I love the challenge and I'm still looking forward to learning the circuits again for the rest of the season in the Cruze.

I'm happy with what I've done so far, just slowly building it up and not making many mistakes. Other than that, I've kept it on the black stuff, I've got the pace. I now just need a bit of luck.

Q:
And finally Tom, what do you think of your brother, Max's progress into motorsport?

Tom Chilton:


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Tom Chilton - RML Chevrolet Cruze [Pic credit: FIA WTCC]

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