Superbike versus Supercopa: Tom - SEAT versus Jurgen - KTM, car versus bike Top Dutch racers go head to head during the WTCC race weekend at Oschersleben: 4 wheels versus 2 During Bavaria City Racing 2008, SEAT driver Tom Coronel first ...
Superbike versus Supercopa: Tom - SEAT versus Jurgen - KTM, car versus bike
Top Dutch racers go head to head during the WTCC race weekend at Oschersleben: 4 wheels versus 2
During Bavaria City Racing 2008, SEAT driver Tom Coronel first became acquainted with KTM when he raced the spectacular KTM X-Bow over the Willemsbrug. On 4 September, he'll meet an Orange racer again, but now a two-wheeler and this time as a rival. In a direct duel, Tom will take on ex- MotoGP rider Jurgen van den Goorbergh, one of the Netherlands' most successful racers. In an all-out fast lap, Tom and Jurgen will decide who is fastest: Coronel in his SEAT Leon Supercopa supplied by SEAT Holland, or Jurgen van den Goorbergh on a KTM RC8 Superbike from the KTM works team.
Dutch drivers who succeed in motorsport at world level can be counted on the fingers of one hand, but Tom Coronel is undoubtedly one of them. The driver from Huizen is competing in the WTCC (World Touring Car Championship) and is in 'the car to beat', the SEAT Leon TDI. He is also the only Dutchman who won a race in the WTCC in a SEAT, without a doubt a world-class result. For the fight against the KTM Superbike, Tom has a SEAT Supercopa prepared by the official SunRed team from Spain which is also preparing Tom's WTCC SEAT. In this car, Tom has a formidable weapon because the Supercopa is the top of the Leon range and the race version delivers over 300 HP, even more than Tom's regular WTCC SEAT.
Jurgen van den Goorbergh
Van den Goorbergh is a retired rider, although there's hardly a quiet moment in his life. His list of motorsport honours is an impressive one: Rider of the Year, and in action for many years at the highest level of bike racing, the MotoGP. Recently also smitten by the Dakar virus, he appeared at the start of the Dakar in Argentina, and is planning to participate in the next version. But first he's dusting off his helmet to resume his former profession, at the handlebars of a lightning-fast bike, a KTM RC8 Superbike, supplied via KTM Netherlands for The Dutch Battle and prepared by the works IDM team of KTM Austria. IThe standard RC8 delivers over 170 HP, but the race version RC8 Superbike comes in at almost 200 HP.
Both men are looking forward to the Battle of the Dutch. "Of course I'll win, there's no way a guy on a motorbike is going beat me. I have the advantage that I know the track and the SEAT like the back of my hand. Bikes just don't appeal to me in the same way, I prefer four wheels over just two. But I have the greatest admiration for the riders. The stunts these guys perform are amazing, I couldn't do it myself. But my grandfather was a pretty good rider himself, and my brother Tim and I have the speed bug - I think it must be in our genes."
Van Den Goorbergh will not return from holiday until shortly before the Battle. "I heard of the challenge by phone on my holiday, and was up for it straight away. My preparation is far from ideal, but I'm still a force to be reckoned with. I've never ridden in a race on the Oschersleben circuit before, and to make it easier I've also never before ridden a KTM RC8 Superbike. I haven't raced for a while, and am still recovering from an awkward injury I picked up during training for the Erzberg Rodeo, but it'll be OK. I hope there are two mirrors on the SEAT, because then he'll be able to see me coming.
A standard RC8 will be waiting for Van den Goorbergh at KTM Netherlands so he can get know the bike on public roads. Tom, on the other hand, doesn't need any preparation. "Get in and get going, that's my motto. A Supercopa isn't that different from my WTCC Leon TDI, except for the fuel. Just got to be careful filling it up," said the man from Huizen.
Both men have little time for preparation. The duel must be won over one lap directly after the out lap, because Eurosport might show The Battle of the Dutch live on Eurosport 1.