Tom Chilton to focus on British Touring Car Championship in 2018

Tom Chilton will leave the World Touring Car Championship next year and put all his focus on a British Touring Car Championship campaign, as he aims to be the UK series’ champion.

Chilton made his return to the BTCC this year with the Power Maxed Racing team, developing the new Vauxhall Astra throughout the season while concurrently racing in the WTCC with Sébastien Loeb Racing.

Although he’s yet to confirm the final details of his BTCC programme, with a number of clashes set between the BTCC and WTCC calendars next year, the 32-year-old admitted he’s pursuing just one programme next year, after winning the independents’ title and securing a top-three position in the overall classification.

“My next focus is to be the British champion, 100%,” said Chilton to TouringCarTimes.

“In 2010 I was the British independent champion, and now I’m the 2017 WTCC independent champion and third in the main championship – I’ve only been fifth in the British, and I want to be on the top step in the British.”