Tom Coronel quick in ETCC races at Oschersleben The circuit of Oschersleben really seems to favour Dutch driver Tom Coronel. Last year Coronel took pole position at the track near the German city of Magdenburg and this year it looked like his ...
Tom Coronel quick in ETCC races at Oschersleben
The circuit of Oschersleben really seems to favour Dutch driver Tom Coronel. Last year Coronel took pole position at the track near the German city of Magdenburg and this year it looked like his good performance would be repeated. In the first race of the day he finished in 7th place and first in the Michelin Independents Trophy for privateers. Therefore the Carly Motors BMW driver was set to start from the front row in the second race of the day. As might be known the top eight finishers in the first race will start in reverse order in the second race. Tom was about to line up in second place for the start of race 2, but due to technical problems he was unable to benefit from his front row position. In stead the start was delayed and Coronel was pushed back to the pits. The team managed to repair the car but Coronel had to start from the pitlane. He worked his way up to 12th place which did not give him any points for the overall standings, but at least he gained some points for the Independents Trophy. Coronel's teammate Duncan Huisman, who is the only Carly Motors driver with a 2003-spec car ended his weekend with an 11th and a 7th place finish. This weekend the best news for Coronel was the knowledge that he will drive the remaining races at Estoril and Monza in a 2003 spec car.
Tom Coronel has a clear explanation for his sudden change of form. "First of all the circuit suits me really well. There are two straights, but the top speeds don't exceed the 206km/h mark. Add the two chicanes and some tight corners and you have the explanation why my 2002-spec BMW is up with the leaders. The aerodynamics don't play such an important role as in other places. For me it was vital to move up from my ninth place on the grid to a place in the top eight in race 1. In the end I managed to take seventh so I was to start from the front row. Perfect! However things were to turn bad for me. During the warm up lap I noticed some problems with the drive train. A drive shaft broke so I decided to park my car in the grass next to the startgrid. The starting procedure was delayed because of this and my car was towed into the pits. The Carly Motors crew did a superb job to repair the car in the shortest possible time. I was unable to make it back to the grid, but I was allowed to take the start from the pitlane, which meant on cold tyres. It was a nice race, but not as nice as I hoped. Of course I was quite eager to fight with the factory drivers for a top eight finish. However the 12th position I had when I crossed the finish helps me to strengthen my runner up position in the Michelin Independents Trophy. Furthermore I am happy that I will be able to use the improved 2003-spec car for the remaining races. Carly Motors was offered to rent the testcar of BMW with some help of my loyal sponsor McGregor. This way I will be able to race with competitive material at the fast tracks of Estoril and Monza. The main target for these races will be capturing the first two places in the Independents Trophy together with my teammate Duncan Huisman".
The participation of Tom Coronel in Oschersleben was made possible by: McGregor, Apex, JBL caraudio, Bridgestone and Autobedrijf Beelen
Standings Independents Trophy: 1. Duncan Huisman 116 points; 2. Tom Coronel 88; 3. Paolo Ruberti 78; 4. Fabio Francia 76 and 5. Alessandro Balzan 74.