60 for 60: Day 55 – Breaking his duck

Victory pose needs work. (Photo: S. Bloom)

Victory pose needs work. (Photo: S. Bloom)

It’s an honor to be present at a driver’s first victory in a series.  For Tom Chilton, that first win almost didn’t arrive.  At the end of 2012, Ford withdrew support for the Focus Chilton had been running in the WTCC.  Without a car or suitable team, Chilton’s future looked dim – until Ray Mallock stepped in.  Mallock and his RML outfit faced a bleak year without the factory support of its former patron, Chevrolet.  With the bow tie also officially bowing out of the series, the 2012 championship-winners fielded a pair of Cruzes for Yvan Muller and Chilton.  At Sonoma, Chilton put it all together and landed his first WTCC win.  Not bad for a guy who almost didn’t make the grid….

60 for 60: to celebrate the end of our racing year, we’re posting the 60 favorite images we captured this season, one each day from November 1 to December 31.

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