Tom Chilton paid tribute to Power Maxed Racing for their preparation of his new British Touring Car Championship Vauxhall Astra challenger.
Chilton, who will run a dual campaign in both BTCC and the World Touring Car Championship, is due to complete further testing the car on Friday at Snetterton, and Monday at Brands Hatch ahead of the opening round of the season on April 1st-2nd.
Speaking to assembled media including TouringCars.net at the annual Season Launch, Chilton admitted it was useful to have a number of familiar faces from his Triple Eight stint around him.
“Power Maxed Racing have worked really hard – everything came together quite late, as things do in motorsport – they’ve got all the right people working for them, I know a lot of them from when I worked at Triple Eight with their works Vauxhall.
“There are some very smart guys there. I’ve also carried over my race engineer who used to work with me at RML from World Touring Cars – he’s also got a double programme, he flew over from Monza with me last night to do a couple more days in the Power Maxed Vauxhall.” commented Chilton.
He also documented his pleasure at returning to an association with Vauxhall as a brand after remembering his career origins.
“This is where it all started for me, really. I was testing a Vauxhall Astra Coupe when I was 16 years old down in Spain. After two weeks of turning 17, I [contested my] first race in British Touring Cars at Brands Hatch and finished third on the podium behind Matt Neal.
“That seems like many moons ago now – I turned 32 yesterday! It’s nice that I started off in a Vauxhall, ended up being a works driver for Vauxhall in 2006 and 2007 in the Astra Hatchback, and then it went to the Vectra.
“And now it’s nice to come back in 2017 with a double programme, two championships, and now with Power Maxed Racing’s works Vauxhall.”