Tom Chilton has apologised to Steven Kane and the Motorbase team for his part in the accident during the final HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend at Oulton Park.

The Team Halfords driver was looking to make up places on the opening lap of the race when he got out of shape on to the run to Hislops; taking to the grass on the inside of the corner before ramming into the side of Kane's BMW, tipping him into a spin and damaging the suspension on the Motorbase machine.

It forced both drivers to retire, while a number of cars behind were delayed - including championship challenger Jason Plato who ran into the side of Kane's stricken BMW.

"I put my hands up to that one," Chilton admitted. "I screwed up. It was very close between several of us going down to the chicane and I just hadn't given myself enough room.

"When we braked I thought I was going to collide with someone and just moved a little too far to the right. I must have put a wheel on the grass and it just locked up. I've apologised and I feel sorry for the team as they've done a great job this weekend and I could have given them another good result."

Chilton's race day had started well with a podium finish in the opening race of the weekend at the Cheshire venue. From third on the grid, he blasted ahead of Darren Turner off the line to split the SEAT diesels and was then forced to defend from the Leon TDi before contact at Cascades on lap four saw Turner run wide and left Chilton with an unchallenged run to second place behind Jason Plato.

That proved to be the highlight of the day however as Chilton could only take eleventh in race two after suffering a broken damper seal that forced him to run off track at Hislops and lose vital positions.

"I had a good drive in the first race and we've got that second place from this weekend and the team got the win with Gordon in the final race so we've shown how competitive the car is," he said. "That's two race meetings in a row where we've been right on the pace, forgetting the diesel turbos.

"I'm just going to focus on the next races now at Knockhill where I think our car will be strong again."



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