TEAM AON DRIVERS SCORE POINTS IN EVERY SNETTERTON RACE Team Aon came away with a sizeable points-haul from today's races at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk, for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, after both drivers scored in all...
TEAM AON DRIVERS SCORE POINTS IN EVERY SNETTERTON RACE
Team Aon came away with a sizeable points-haul from today's races at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk, for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, after both drivers scored in all three rounds. The results have closed the gap in the manufacturers' standings, while Tom Chilton climbs two places, to seventh, in the drivers' championship.
Having qualified third, Tom Chilton drove a solid first race at the wheel of his Ford Focus to maintain his position throughout the 18-lap round and collect his first podium of the day. Team-mate Tom Onslow-Cole started the race in 21st place after having his times deleted in yesterday's qualifying. The 23-year-old fought his way up to 12th place by the end of lap one, before storming to a sixth place finish.
With their Race One finishing positions translating into grid slots for Race Two, both Team Aon drivers enjoyed strong starts. Tom Onslow-Cole climbed to fourth place by the time the Safety Car was deployed on lap two, with Tom Chilton ahead in P3. Lap eight saw the two team-mates pass Mat Jackson at the same time, working together to overtake him on both sides. The move promoted the Team Aon drivers to a second and third-place finish, in spite of Series Organisers TOCA implementing a performance handicap through the use of a smaller air restrictor.
Race Three brought mixed results to the team. Tom Chilton once again raced to the front and finished in fourth place, defending his position against a fast Jason Plato throughout the round, while Tom Onslow-Cole fell from fifth place to last after contact with another car. Onslow-Cole still collected a point thanks to posting the fastest lap of the race in 1:12.344.
Tom Chilton (#23)
"I tried to get a good start for Race One but it's very hard to beat the BMWs off the line. Unfortunately I pushed too hard on the first lap and fell two places but I was able to muscle my way back in fairly quickly. I stayed third until the end of the race but I was happy with my overtaking manoeuvres to get back to that position and it put me in a good place for the next round.
"For Race Two, I had a reasonably good start again and was in the right place when Mat Jackson made a mistake ahead of me. I was able to slipstream him and move aside to pass him, which allowed Tom [Onslow-Cole] to catch him too and move forward. Once we were both past, we worked together to tow each other forward and tried to catch Jason Plato ahead but that wasn't possible.
"I started ninth in Race Three and thought another top finish might well be possible so I'm happy with fourth. It's not that easy to pass people when you start within the top 10 as everyone is so fast but there are always opportunities to exploit on the first lap, before everyone is settled."
Tom Onslow-Cole (#21)
"I couldn't see the start lights in Race One, that's how far back P21 is! I was fortunate though, our car comes off the line very well and, as the start was key in this race, I'm glad to say I had a very good one. A top 10 finish was the aim and everything fell into place well during the race. By the end of lap one I was 12th, although the climb to the midfield wasn't the easiest; my car had quite a few bumps by the end of the race! It was a great round though and to come through like I did to finish in the points was very rewarding. We finished in the points and kept the championship hopes alive which is so important.
"Our move on Mat Jackson was the highlight of my second race. The way Tom [Chilton] and I worked as a team to pass him, and then to try and catch Jason Plato was very satisfying. We made some tweaks for Race Three and felt quietly hopeful for more podium finishes but it wasn't to be."
-source: team aon