Tom Chilton will remain in the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2017 after re-signing with Sébastien Loeb Racing to drive one of the team’s Citroën C-Elysée racers.
The Englishman will have a packed schedule next year as he will also return to the British Touring Car Championship – where he won the Independents’ Trophy title in 2010 – driving a Vauxhall Astra for Power Maxed Racing. The two championship series’ calendars do not clash in 2017.
“It’s going to be a busy year but I’m immensely proud and excited to be working with Sébastien Loeb Racing again in what is going to be a thrilling season,” the 31-year-old said of his upcoming campaigns.
“I am fortunate to have amazing support from both the Sébastien Loeb Racing team and Gallagher and look forward to more wins over the coming months.”
Once again behind the wheel of arguably the grid’s best car, Chilton will be targeting outright WTCC title success with the exit of the dominant works Citroën Racing team from the championship at the end of 2016.
He finished eighth overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings last year and runner-up in the WTCC Trophy for independent drivers behind SLR teammate Mehdi Bennani last year, with the highlight being his victory in the opening race at the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo.
“We’re pleased to continue this adventure with Tom,” added Dominique Heintz, team principal of Sébastien Loeb Racing.
“His first season with us was really successful. He’s got what it takes to meet that objective – as he has shown in the past – and even more so after a year of racing at the wheel of the C-Elysée. His double programme in WTCC/BTCC is an amazing challenge. We like such challenges and we can only support him in this mission.”
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