It was an exciting and impressive end to the 2019 BTCC season for mountune-powered Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher and Motorbase Performance, as they battled hard throughout the seasons' final three races at their home track, Brands Hatch.
After mixed conditions during practice, a wet track in qualifying on Saturday proved tough for the team, with Caine leading the way in P14, followed by Chilton in P19 and Jackson in P20.
As ever, the squad was still optimistic for good results in Race 1 even though the trio were starting from the middle of the pack, but what prevailed was an epic mixture of vision and skill... mixed with some all too common, bad luck.
Race 1 saw Chilton quick off the mark instantly gaining positions as he made his way through the pack. With the rain becoming heavier, Chilton made a last minute call whilst under a safety car to pit and change to wets, which would prove to be an inspired decision.
Chasing down Honda man, Matt Neal, who also made the mid-race switch to wets, the pair cut through the pack at an astounding rate and, with the rain continuing to fall, the difference in grip became even more apparent, eventually making up 16 places and crossing the line in an excellent P3!
Despite remaining on slick tyres, Jackson and Caine also made good progress crossing the line in 10th and 12th respectively.
Spirits were high ahead of Race 2 with the mountune-powered team starting in more favourable positions. The conditions remained much more consistent this time, with all three drivers battling in the top-10 and despite on-track drama elsewhere, managed to stay out of trouble and gave Chilton his second visit to the podium, claiming the independent win and leading Motorbase's first independent 1-2-3 in the process! Chilton crossing the line in P5, Jackson P6 and Caine in P8.
Unfortunately, a hat trick of podium visits wasn’t meant to be for the Kent-based Team. Bad luck caught up with them in final race as rear-end contact removed Chilton from the track with the resulting damage leaving the car undriveable, whilst Caine was experiencing some handling issues in his #44 Focus, which saw him lose places as the race went on, despite starting in P4 thanks to there reverse grid draw. Jackson managed to get his second top 10 of the day, with a solid P8 finish.
Despite not ending the season as they'd hoped, the team secured a solid points haul at this home circuit, eventually leaving Chilton finishing the 2019 British Touring Car Championship 10th in the Drivers' Standings, and also 3rd in the Independent Drivers' championship. Team Shredded Wheat with Gallagher also took 3rd in the Independent Teams' title.
We'll certainly miss the black and yellow livery, but are looking forward to seeing this fantastic bunch of people in action again for the 2020 season already!
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