This is as good as it gets, says Chilton after Team Aon Ford dominate at Silverstone

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Tom Chilton and Tom Onslow-Cole shared the race wins as the LPG turbo Team Aon Ford dominated the three races at the British Touring Car Championship round at Silverstone yesterday.

Chilton won the first two races and Onslow-Cole the third as the Ford Focuses were in charge. Chilton took the race one win from team-mate Onslow-Cole, who had started from pole position.

"A day like this is as good as it gets," said Chilton afterwards. "I'm up to fifth in the championship now and closing fast. I was giving it my all. I feel I'm driving well and I just wish it had been like this all year."

The first race had reached half distance when Chilton hit the front along the pit straight and from there led a Ford Focus one-two. The Silverline Chevrolet Cruzes of the championship leader Jason Plato and team-mate Alex MacDowall came home in third and fourth, with the Pirtek Racing Vauxhall Vectra of Andrew Jordan eventually fading to fifth ahead of the WSR BMW of Rob Collard.

Paul O'Neill was seventh in the with the Tech-Speed Honda Integra from the Honda Racing Team entry of Plato's nearest championship rival, Matt Neal. Airwaves BMW's Steven Kane was ninth ahead of Neal's team-mate Gordon Shedden.

Chilton took the race two win but this time Collard split the Fords as Onslow-Cole had to settle for the bottom step of the podium.

Onslow-Cole led for 15 of the 22 laps before Chilton went ahead and then Collard fought his way up to second on the final corner.

Onslow-Cole's third spot tied him with Neal in the standings as Plato stretched his advantage by finishing the race in fourth, one place ahead of his championship rival. Sixth went to O'Neill who kept out Shedden.

Onslow-Cole won the final race to move into title contention. Following an early safety car period, Onslow-Cole spent two laps behind the pole man O'Neill following the reversal of the grid, and Chilton was unable to pass O'Neill, who held on for second.

Motorbase BMW's Mat Jackson claimed third and a clash with Chilton cost the latter three places. Jackson completed the podium ahead of the Hondas of Neal and Shedden, with Chilton in sixth.

Kane and James Nash (Triple 8 Vauxhall) were seventh and eighth, with Plato finishing ninth, one place ahead of his team-mate MacDowall.

Onslow-Cole's win and Plato's poor result has seen the former replace Neal in second place in the standings just 14 points off top spot.