China: Chilton’s second win ‘very tough’

Tom Chilton has described his second win of the 2013 WTCC campaign as coming in 'very tough' conditions, stating that tyre choice was crucial.
RML won its eighth victory of the 2013 FIA WTCC, as Tom Chilton took the honours in race one in Shanghai for his second win of the season.

Chilton put his Chevrolet second on the grid and followed team-mate Yvan Muller and Pepe Oriola for the most part of the race. However, with Oriola fading on his worn-out wet tyres, the Briton was free to race Muller before attacking on the final lap.

The ex-BTCC racer admitted that the first couple of laps were very tough and that his tyre choice was critical in his charge for victory.

“It was a difficult call for the tyres," he revealed, "When I got to the grid, my engineer asked me what I thought and I did not reply for four minutes... We went for slicks, and it was very tough for the first laps. Oriola had the pace on the wet tyres and I saw Rydell coming. But, suddenly, like a switch, the wet tyres were gone and we were coming in.

"Muller and I dominated the second part of the race. In the end, he braked a little late and went a bit too wide. I saw the gap and thought 'go for it'. Another driver would have slammed the door, but he is my team-mate and did not - and I thank him for that.”

Chilton could only finish tenth in race two, but maintains third place in the championship. With Gabriele Tarquini finishing seventh and second, the Briton has a 23-point gap to overhaul to take second overall after the finale in Macau, a tough ask against the 2008 world champion.

by Dexter Fielding

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