BTCC Finale - Brands Hatch
Brands Hatch was the place to be this weekend as the Kent track played host to the final round of the 2018 British Touring Car Championship, where mountune-powered Team Shredded Wheat with Gallagher driver, Tom Chilton had everything to play for.
Race 1 saw Tordoff, Chilton and Cole line up their Ford Focus RS' in P7, P15 and P16 for the first round of the season's final day, alongside a very hungry grid all looking to add closing points and silverware. The trio showed solidarity throughout the race with Cole crossing the line in P10, Tordoff in P11 and Chilton keeping the #3 dreams alive in P9.
Race 2 was a little more dramatic with a safety car released early on and spectators were certainly kept on the edge of their seats with the competitor battles. Chilton did well to climb the grid and take P6 at the flag but at this point, was unfortunately out of the running for the overall championship and Independent Drivers. Tordoff crossed in P14 and Cole in P16.
The final race of the day, and of the season saw Tordoff close in P6 followed by Cole in P14. Chilton started Race 3 in P5 thanks to the reverse grid draw and did well to climb up one place taking P4 at the flag.
The points Chilton gained in this last round saw him finish the 2018 British Touring Car Championship in 3rd place overall in the Driver Standings, plus 2nd in both the Indy Drivers and Indy Teams, a fantastic achievement for his first year back in the championship, and with the all new Motorbase Performance driver line-up.
We congratulate the whole team on this latest season, and already look forward to seeing them back out at the same track for the 2019 opener!
CTCC Round 5 - Ningbo
Before this weekends round at Ningbo, the mountune-powered Changan Ford FRD Team unveiled their brand new 4th-generation Ford Focus CTCC car.
With Cao taking the Driver's Title lead after the last race at the Tianma circuit, the team decided to introduce the saloon version of the new Focus to help strengthen their campaign going into the final four rounds of this years championship.
At Ningbo, Cao, He and Yan were joined by Australian's Josh Burdon who will join the existing members of the team for the remainder of the season. Burdon has previous experience with the FRD Team, racing in the Asian Le Mans and the FRD LMP3 Series.
Race 1 saw 2 top 10 starting spots with Cao in 6th and He in 9th however the opening run proved challenging for the team. Cao fell to take the flag in P10, however Yan did well to climb the grid to take a P7 finish.
With the inception of the new car half way through the season, the FRD team were issued with a 10-grid penalty meaning Yan started Race 2 at the back of the grid. However the long-time Changan driver did incredibly well to battle through the pack just missing out on a podium, finishing the final race of the day in P4.
Cao was also on track to make it a podium finish however a collision on the final stages saw him snap the front wheel on his new Focus ending his race weekend.
We look forward to seeing them for Round 6 this weekend at the Wuhan Street Circuit.