RS WINS IN BTCC!
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!