Tom Coronel storms into Europe. This week Dutch racing driver Tom Coronel revealed his motorsport plans for the 2004 season. As in 2003 Coronel will have a busy schedule. No less than 36 races are currently scheduled in his agenda. Fortunately...
Tom Coronel storms into Europe.
This week Dutch racing driver Tom Coronel revealed his motorsport plans for the 2004 season. As in 2003 Coronel will have a busy schedule. No less than 36 races are currently scheduled in his agenda. Fortunately for Tom most of his races are concentrated in the LG Eurosport Superracing weekends.
In 2004 Tom Coronel will continue to drive for Carly Motors in the FIA European Touringcar Championship. New for this year will be his teammate Paulien Zwart, who is Coronel's girl friend in day to day life. The Dutch Lady racer will face a heavy job to replace the experienced Duncan Huisman. With some help of Tom she will undoubtedly be on the pace within short notice. For Tom it will be just a matter of starting where he left of in 2003. In the last few races of the season Coronel changed his 2002-spec BMW 320i for a 2003-spec car. The result was clearly to be seen when he scored two podium finishes at Monza. "Actually that was my main motivation to continue in the ETCC. I feel there is some unfinished business there. With the right equipment we should be able to score some decent results, even though we don't have the budget that the factory teams have", Tom Coronel said.
Besides his ETCC programme Tom Coronel will also be the lead driver of Lister Racing. This means that he will drive the full FIA GT series in a Lister Storm GT, as well as the Le Mans Endurance series and the Le Mans 24 hour race in the Lister Storm LMP900. Tom will be partnered by Paul Knapfield in the Lister Storm GT, while Nathan Kinch will be his teammate in the Storm LMP. Testing at Monza indicated that the Lister Storm is still a force to be reckoned with. Coronel topped the time sheets at the end of the two days of testing and demonstrated that after ten years of racing the Storm may be getting older, but has lost nothing of its competitiveness.
On top of all that Tom Coronel was invited recently by Ruud Wildschut, the CEO of Wilux to test a Formula 1 car. The Dutch company will be the title sponsor of the Minardi Formula 1 team this year. Wilux arranged a test for Coronel so that he may eventually qualify for a Formula 1 superlicense. The test session is likely to take place in May or June in Italy.
<pre> Tom Coronel's race calender 2004 28 March ETCC Monza 28 March FIA GT Monza 18 April ETCC Valencia 18 April FIA GT Valencia 25 April LMES Le Mans test 2 May ETCC Magny Cours 2 May FIA GT Magny Cours 9 May LMES Monza 16 May ETCC Hockenheim 16 May FIA GT Hockenheim 30 May ETCC Brno 30 May FIA GT Brno 12 - 13 June Le Mans 24h 27 June ETCC Donington 27 June FIA GT Donington 4 July LMES Nurburgring 31 July ETCC Spa Francorchamps 31 July FIA GT Spa Francorchamps 15 August LMES Silverstone 5 September ETCC Imola 5 September FIA GT Imola 12 September LMES Spa Francorchamps 19 September ETCC Oschersleben 19 September FIA GT Oschersleben 9 October ETCC Dubai 9 October FIA GT Dubai 11 November FIA GT Zhuhai *ETCC will have two races during one weekend.