Chris Stockton has stood down from the Silverstone round of the BTCC due to illness. The 43-year-old had qualifyied in 21st place in the Thorney Motorsport Vauxhall Insignia due. He’ll be replaced by Tony Gilham, who drove the car at Snetterton.
Stockton was due to take part in his first BTCC race since 2008 in the car, having tested the car last week at Pembrey and having taken part in free practice and qualifying, though missed the first 10 minutes of qualifying due to a power steering failure.
Team Principal John Thorne has confirmed that Stockton cannot take part in the race due to illness, and so will be replaced by Tony Gilham if all the teams agree to the change as it’s post-qualifying. Due to the presence of guests and sponsors tomorrow, Thorne’s preference is to get the car out on track if possible.
If so, the car will be renumbered as car 34 and will drop to the back of the grid, promoting Will Bratt, Tony Hughes and Ollie Jackson all by one position.