Chilton pleased after Pembrey test
28 July 2011 – Team Aon were at Pembrey on Wednesday as Tom Chilton and Tom Onslow-Cole tested the Arena Motorsport-run Ford Focus. In fine conditions, Chilton was optimistic with results, with the team having suffered a difficult start to the 2011 season.
“It was a brilliant day,” Chilton said. “Our engineers took a very clever approach with us – they didn’t tell us what changes they were making to the setup, so neither Tom nor I could have any preconceived ideas about how the changes might affect the car.
“All we were allowed to comment on was the general feel of the car – whether it understeered, oversteered and so on. We would do a three-lap run and then return to the truck to debrief with our engineers before doing another three-lap run. And that’s how the whole day went.
“As a result, we learnt a lot and all my feedback tallied up with everything the engineers did, so I’m still on form! I think the car was more consistent and better on its tyres, which is one area we had to work on.
“It does everything you want it to do, whereas before you had to compromise through certain corners. We didn’t work on fast lap times, because Pembrey is a very abrasive circuit and the track temperature was boiling, but in terms of driver feel and developments we should have improved.”