Tom Chilton joins Hyundai for inaugural Pure ETCR campaign

British Touring Car Championship regular Tom Chilton will make a return to international competition this year in the inaugural Pure ETCR championship, as part of Hyundai's four-car factory roster.

Tom Chilton joins Hyundai for inaugural Pure ETCR campaign

The 36-year-old Briton last competed on the global stage in the final season of the World Touring Car Championship's TC1 regulations in 2017, scoring three wins to place third in the standings as the best non-works driver in a Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen C-Elysee.

He was a fixture in the WTCC between 2012 and 2017, claiming seven wins in all, before returning to the BTCC in 2018 and finishing third in the standings with Motorbase.

Chilton will race Hyundai's all-electric Veloster N ETCR in the five-round championship, in which the Korean marque will face opposition from SEAT's sporting division Cupra and the semi-privateer Romeo Ferraris Alfa Romeo squad, that will commence at the Italian Vallelunga circuit on 18/20 June.

He joins long-time BMW ace Augusto Farfus Jr, 2017 TCR International champion Jean-Karl Vernay, and last year's TCR Europe runner-up John Filippi in the line-up.

Vernay was announced by Romeo Ferraris last year, but has been heavily involved in development work of the new car this year, along with original development driver Farfus.

Tom Chilton

Tom Chilton

Photo by: ETCR

Chilton has yet to test the car, but is optimistic of contenting for wins.

"Electric-powered racing is a new challenge for me, but as part of the Hyundai Motorsport line-up for Pure ETCR I think I am in the best place to race for victories," he said.

"I know the team will have done a great job in developing the car so far.

"I’ve worked with John before, but this will be my first time sharing a garage with Augusto and Jean-Karl. They’re both very successful in TCR and touring cars in general, so I’m sure they’ll be strong competitors and a good benchmark to compare myself to throughout the season.

"I’m looking forward to driving the Hyundai Veloster N ETCR for the first time in the next few weeks to feel the performance for myself, and even more to racing it when the first weekend of the season comes."

The Veloster N ETCR was the first car to be fully integrated with the ETCR powertrain, which includes a 500kW battery from Williams Advanced Engineering.

CUPRA announced earlier this month that Mikel Azcona will join the previously announced Mattias Ekstrom and Jordi Gene in its driver line-up.

The 2018 TCR Europe champion, Azcona finished seventh in WTCR last season. He joins double DTM champion Ekstrom, who has been affiliated with the Cupra project since 2019, and 50-year-old Gene - the elder brother of ex-Formula 1 driver Marc - who was a SEAT factory driver in the WTCC between 2005 and 2010 and finished third in the inaugural TCR International season in 2015.

In Vernay's place, Romeo Ferraris has signed GP2 veteran and former IndyCar racer Stefano Coletti as its first driver.

shares
comments
How to be an ace engineer: BAR F1 and BTCC man Steve Farrell

Previous article

How to be an ace engineer: BAR F1 and BTCC man Steve Farrell

Next article

BTC Racing parts ways with Crees on eve of 2021 BTCC season

BTC Racing parts ways with Crees on eve of 2021 BTCC season
Load comments

About this article

Series General , BTCC
Author James Newbold
The outright tin-top wins achieved by a forgotten tin-top great Plus

The outright tin-top wins achieved by a forgotten tin-top great

Already established as a formidable force in the British Saloon Car Championship, the Triumph Dolomite became a legend in 1977 when Tony Dron's Broadspeed machine frequently embarrassed the mighty Capris

BTCC
18h
Five key plotlines to follow in the 2021 BTCC Plus

Five key plotlines to follow in the 2021 BTCC

It’s been a busy silly season in the BTCC since the chequered flag fell to end the 2020 campaign last November. While last year’s top two have stayed put, there’s plenty of talking points elsewhere, which should result in another fascinating year of tin-top action

BTCC
May 7, 2021
The giantkilling 'dad and lad' operation taking on the BTCC's best Plus

The giantkilling 'dad and lad' operation taking on the BTCC's best

The Lancashire squad of Ciceley Motorsport has been a BTCC race winner for several years with Adam Morgan and Mercedes. But the switch to WSR-built BMWs and addition of Tom Chilton as a true barometer for Morgan should see the team step up into title contention

BTCC
May 6, 2021
How a returning champion is feeling at home again in the BTCC Plus

How a returning champion is feeling at home again in the BTCC

After topping the times at the end of British Touring Car Championship pre-season testing, it feels like Gordon Shedden has never been away. But after plenty of changes behind the scenes, the three-time champion is bedding himself in to pick up where he left off

BTCC
May 5, 2021
Why a BTCC legend remains defiant at '97 not out' Plus

Why a BTCC legend remains defiant at '97 not out'

After a year of enforced absence from the British Touring Car Championship grid, Jason Plato is back and hungrier than ever. Despite stellar opposition and some familiar challenges, the two-time champion still has his eyes focused on the biggest prizes

BTCC
May 4, 2021
How Ingram's clean slate can end his BTCC title wait Plus

How Ingram's clean slate can end his BTCC title wait

After seven years together, Tom Ingram and Speedworks Motorsport have amicably split and gone down separate paths for the 2021 BTCC season. With engineer Spencer Aldridge joining him at the Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai squad, Ingram is confident he can challenge for titles from the off

BTCC
Apr 30, 2021
How the unlikely Capri-slaying Dolomite triumphed against adversary Plus

How the unlikely Capri-slaying Dolomite triumphed against adversary

The Dolomite Sprint was a potent giantkilling weapon during the 1970s in the British Saloon Car Championship, now known as the BTCC. Tin-top legend Andy Rouse explains how it became such a force

BTCC
Apr 25, 2021
The rollercoaster ride of West Surrey Racing's 40 years Plus

The rollercoaster ride of West Surrey Racing's 40 years

It’s four decades since one of UK motorsport’s most successful teams made its debut at Silverstone in British Formula 3. Now it’s top dog in the BTCC, time to blow out some candles with boss Dick Bennetts

BTCC
Mar 12, 2021