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For the first time since the days of the mighty Sierra Cos­worth RS500s, a Ford RS is once again win­ning races in the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship. The weather may have brought mixed for­tunes for the BTCC pack at Knock­hill, but by the end of the week­end all eyes were on Team Shred­ded Wheat Rac­ing with Gal­lagher, as they brought home the first BTCC vic­tory for an RS-badged car since Robb Gravett won Round 13 of the 1990 BTCC sea­son.

Sav­ing the best un­til last dur­ing a fre­netic week­end of rac­ing, Tom Chilton claimed a maiden race win of the sea­son for the Mo­tor­base-run squad, with a com­mand­ing lights-to-flag drive in the fi­nal race of the day. In a thrilling dis­play of de­fen­sive driv­ing, Chilton held off two-time BTCC cham­pion Colin Turk­ing­ton’s BMW for the last six laps in a be­guil­ing clos­ing bat­tle; the 33-year-old’s de­ter­mi­na­tion and race­craft de­liv­ered the per­fect end to the day for the Mo­tor­base squad – claim­ing the first out­right race win for the Fo­cus RS on its de­but sea­son.

“I knew that I had the car un­der­neath me, and with the ex­pe­ri­ence from all of my years rac­ing here it paid off,” said Chilton. “It was a re­ally big fight at the end with Turk­ing­ton com­ing through, but we had such a good car.” This is Chilton’s first Mo­tor­base win – his last was in the old the AON Fo­cus in 2011; in fact, this race made him the 14th race win­ner of 2018 so far - the high­est num­ber of dif­fer­ent win­ners in a sin­gle sea­son!

But fel­low Mo­tor­base driver, Sam Tord­off, took things up a notch when he also won in the Fo­cus RS at Sil­ver­stone a cou­ple of weeks later - mak­ing 15 dif­fer­ent BTCC win­ners in a sea­son, and it's not over yet!

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