Ciceley Motorsport has signed Tom Chilton for the 2021 British Touring Car Championship season, with the experienced touring car racer to drive one of its new BMW 330i M Sport cars.
Chilton therefore leaves BTC Racing after just one season in Honda Civic FK8 machinery, with the 35-year-old having picked up three podium finishes on his way to tenth in the drivers’ standings.
The Surrey racer had high expectations last year when he returned to Honda machinery, but in the end Chilton was beaten in the standings by team-mate Josh Cook, who also managed to claim three victories in the process.
For 2021, Chilton will partner with Adam Morgan in a WSR-built BMW, marking the first time he has raced in rear-wheel drive machinery in his 14 seasons in the BTCC to-date.
“I’m really looking forward to joining Ciceley Motorsport in their new era,” said Chilton. “They are a great team, and the BMW will be ultra-competitive.
“Adam and I get along really well and we will work as hard as required with team engineer Steve Farrell to ensure we’re at the front of the pack straight away.
“I’ve made no secret of my desire to change my lucky racing number 3 into the coveted number 1 and truly believe that the team and will provide me with the platform required to achieve my aim.”
Team owner Russell Morgan spoke of his desire for the team to achieve better results in the forthcoming season, after the team’s decision to switch to proven race-winning and title-winning machinery.
“We have genuinely never been so excited going into a race season,” said Morgan. “I have only ever been racing because I enjoy it, it’s something that I have always done, but we have made massive investment into the team this year and need results.
“Therefore, it was of the utmost importance that we secured a driver who brings experience, technical ability and is able to move us forward as a team.
“Tom is the perfect fit for Ciceley Motorsport, both he and Adam should be fighting at the front from the get-go.”