Chilton, who is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut at the BTCC this year, is lining up with regular title contender Tom Ingram, new rookie Dan Lloyd and another racer who has yet to be confirmed on the Suffolk squad.
It will be the fourth different car in four seasons for Chilton, who made 414 starts at the BTCC and finished third in the 2018 championship, a year after he took an identical position at the end of his six-year tenure. Travel Championship.
The 36-year-old spent last year driving a Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport, but said he was not adapting to rear-wheel drive as quickly as he would have liked, and so returned to his natural habitat up front. -drive technology.
“I’m going back to what I know with a front-wheel drive touring car,” Chilton said.
“There have been a lot of teams interested in making a deal this season both at the BTCC and elsewhere, but talking to Justina [Williams, Excelr8 team owner]it was clear to see how serious the team was about winning – and this is backed up by the strong commercial partners there are.
“There’s so much work to put in the right people, from engineers behind the scenes to drivers in cars, and I think we’ll all be able to work together to help the team move forward again. year
“I’m especially looking forward to working with Tom because I feel like he’s a fast driver who has a similar driving style with me and with our experience and the speed that Dan has also shown in the past, I think we already have with the strongest warehouses on the network. “
Chilton will join Ingram and Lloyd in the Hyundai team next year
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Chilton also competed in the all-wheel drive race last year in the Pure ETCR electric series alongside Hyundai, and believes it will help him and Excelr8 when BTCC switches to hybrid power this season.
“The new hybrid system this year mixes things up a bit, but I feel that the experience I gained last year at ETCR will give us an edge,” he added.
“I’ve worked with some of the smartest guys in the business and been able to learn a huge amount that we can try and benefit from this season, especially at the very beginning when everyone is trying to pick up speed.”
Williams said: “Tom brings a lot of knowledge to our program this season as we strive to build on the success we have had last year, especially when it comes to the hybrid system as you manage this element of racing. be key this year ”.
Chris Smiley still believes he will remain in Excelr8 for the third season in the remaining place, while Rick Parfitt Jr., who started his newcomer BTCC campaign with the team last year, has been linked with last place in Laser Tools Racing Infiniti detachment.
The BTCC driver line so far:
Infiniti Racing Laser Tools Aiden Moffat, Dexter Patterson, TBA
Western Surrey BMW Racing Jake Hill, TBA, TBA
BTC Racing Honda Exactly, no need, no need
Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai Tom Ingram, Dan Lloyd, Tom Chilton, TBA
Motorbase Performance Ford Ash Satan, Dan Camish, Oli Jackson, Sam Osborne
Team Dynamics Honda Gordon Sheden, Dan Robbot, TBA
Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Exactly, no need, no need
Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall TVA, TBA
Ciceley Motorsport BMW Adam Morgan, TBA
Hard Cupra Jack Goff, Aaron Taylor-Smith, TBA, TBA