Following a 5th place Championship finish in 2013, Tom joins Italian based ROAL Motorsport for 2014, racing in a new RML built Chevrolet.
Born in 1985, from a successful sporting family, Tom first competed in a competitive series at just 13 years and 10 months after obtaining his first race licence. Becoming the youngest driver to ever to start a race at that time. Over the coming years, he competed in the highly competitive T Car Championship where he began to show his potential, consistently out performing his older rivals. By 2001, and still being too young to race in other series, Tom was consistently finding himself on top of the podium. Eager to take the step up and obtain his international racing licence, he entered the BRSCC Winter Saloon Car Championships in a VW Vento; going onto win not only his first race, but the Championship. He managed this success whilst simultaneously racing in the Global GT Lights series, switching between front and rear wheel drive vehicles, sometimes on the same race weekend!
Later that year, he became the youngest driver ever to take to the wheel of the Vauxhall Astra Touring Car at Brands Hatch, from there; it wasn’t long before he stepped up into the full British Touring Car Championship, becoming the youngest driver to ever take part in the full series. He celebrated his 17th birthday just 2 weeks before finishing 3rd at Brands.
By 2003 he was driving for the Honda works team, securing two podium finishes in the very first round of the Championship. In 2004, at 19 years old, Tom won his first BTCC race at the historic home of British motorsport, Silverstone.
Moving into 2005, after being announced as the number 1 Touring Car driver by Motorsport News Magazine and whilst still competing in BTCC, Tom partnered Hyanari Shimoda in the Zytek LPM1 car to drive the 1000km Le Mans endurance race at the world famous Nurburgring in Germany. Despite the unfamiliar form of racing, the pair worked their way from 42nd on the grid to win the race. One Success lead to another as he went on to qualify on pole at the 4 hour Legune Seca race in California, aged just 20, and won.
In 2007, Tom, driving together with brother Max who would later go on to race in Formula 1, competed in a 1000km race at Silverstone. Encountering mechanical problems just a few laps from the chequered flag, the boys were robbed of a podium finish in their maiden race as teammates, aged 21 and 16 respectively, they still managing a gratifying 5th place and a piece of family history.
2008 saw Tom return to a Honda Civic, this time with Team Dynamics. Driving a sub-par car, Tom achieved numerous podiums and topped the season off with a win at Brands Hatch, a circuit where to this day, he holds the record for the fastest single lap around the track.
In 2009/10 Tom drove for the independent Team Aon in the Ford Focus, securing 3 wins, 7 podiums and 4 poles on the way to becoming the Independent Driver Champion in 2010 and helping the team to take the Independent Team Title that same year.
In 2011 he top and tailed the season with wins as Team Aon looked to develop the car in preparation for stepping up to the World Touring Car Series in 2012 after over 10 years as a professional racing driver.
Chilton joined the RML Team in 2013, notching up notable podiums and wins on his way to fifth in the final standings, a position that could have been as high as second had he not been on the receiving end of two unfortunate crashes in the final race weekend of the season.
Tom returns to WTCC in 2014 to again challenge for the title.
“Roal Motorsport, previously known as Ravaglia Motorsport was founded in 2001 by 1987 World Touring Car Champion Roberto Ravaglia and Aldo Preo. Ravaglia Motorsport began competing in the Super Production European Super Touring Championship in 2001 with Peter Kox and Norman Simon as drivers, with Kox winning the title.
In 2002, they competed in the European Touring Car Championship as BMW Team Spain with Jordi Gene and Fabrizio de Simone. In 2003, they became BMW Team Italy-Spain and had Antonio Garcia and Fabrizio Giovanardi as drivers, with Zanardi diring a third car at the season finale in Monza. Zanardi replaced Giovanardi full time in 2004.
In 2005, the ETCC became the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) and Ravaglia Motorsport changed their name to ROAL Motorsport. Zanardi also won the Italian Super Tourismo Championship in 2005 for the team, and he won at Oschersleben (D) his first race in motoracing after his accident at Lautzering in Indy car.
Garcia left the team at the end of 2005 and was replaced by Marcel Costa and then Duncan Huisman during the season. The team then gave GP2 racer Felix Porteiro a drive in the ETC Cup and he impressed enough to get a drive in the WTCC for 2007.
In 2008, ROAL Motorsport began development of a competition M3 E90 for the Superstars Series, with Luca Rangoni as driver. For 2009, Porteiro was replaced by 2008 Independent Champion Sergio Hernandez, while in the Superstar Series, Rangoni was replaced by reigning Champion Gianni Morbidelli.
After leaving the WTCC in 2010, ROAL returned to the series in 2011 with Dutch driver Tom Coronel. Now in 2014, Tom Chilton joins the team in WTCC at the wheel of their RML build Chevrolets.”
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A tricky weekend saw Tom leave China with no points to dent his title chances in the Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy. Spirits remain high despite the DNF and Tom looks ahead to the next WTCC round in Thailand with optimism.
“Things didn’t go at all to plan in China and I’ve slipped down to P3 in the Yokohama Trophy. I just want to get back in the car now and put things right in Thailand and then Qatar when we visit the Middle East for the final race of the season. I really want to finish on a high”.