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Mixed time for Chilton in Morocco

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TOM CHILTON dropped from second to fourth in the World Touring Car Championships after a mixed weekend in Morocco.

The Reigate racer had to retire with damage in the first race in Marrakech, after he hit the rear of RML Chevrolet Cruze team-mate Yvan Muller.

Chilton bounced back in race two though, battling his way up from sixth on the grid to finish third behind the SEAT of Pepe Oriola and Muller.

That was his second podium of the season, following on from the second place he achieved in the first race at a rain-soaked Monza two weeks ago.

Chilton, the older brother of Formula 1 driver Max, left Italy in second place in the Championship after a fifth place finish in the second race a fortnight ago.

But this weekend's efforts saw him drop below Michael Nykjaer and Gabriele Tarquini, who both registered podium finishes in the first race, with the Dane winning the opening race at Marrakech ahead of the Italian.

It all started with a disappointing qualifying for Chilton, who found himself down in fifth and sixth position for the races, having been seemingly on course for a first career pole before a mistake in the final sector.

Chilton was on the move in the first race though before he hit Muller, which saw him have to pit with an overheated engine.

Chilton did rejoin the race, but he ultimately had to retire in the tenth lap.

The second race was better for the 28-year-old, who showed pace to climb up to third and score 15 points, which keeps him in fourth in the driver standings.

And the Reigate man will hope to take the form from the second race into the next round of the Championship, which takes place in Bratislava, Slovakia, over the weekend of April 27-28.


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