Brands Hatch: Tom Coronel weekend summary

Valuable Independents points for Tom Coronel at Brands Hatch England, the home of motorracing, received the participants of the FIA WTCC on the iconic circuit of Brands Hatch. For SEAT Team Holland driver Tom Coronel and his Leon TFSi, prepared...

Valuable Independents points for Tom Coronel at Brands Hatch

England, the home of motorracing, received the participants of the FIA WTCC on the iconic circuit of Brands Hatch. For SEAT Team Holland driver Tom Coronel and his Leon TFSi, prepared by SUNRED Engineering, the practice sessions started with a sixth and a twelfth place. In qualifying the Dutchman took thirteenth overall and third in the Independents class, in which Coronel is still battling for the title. The first race started in full WTCC tradition, hectic, and Coronel's orange and black Leon did not come through unscathed. Despite some severe contact the Dutch SEAT driver was able to continue his race and finish tenth overall, while taking second in the privateer battle. The second race brought even more competitive and close racing. Coronel would finish this race in eleventh place. Again he was second in the Independents championship, which brought him some more important points. This weekend Tom Coronel managed to close in on Felix Porteiro, who is still leading the Yokohama Independents Trophy. With four race weekends still to go the gap is just 16 points now.

"All in all it was a great weekend for me", Tom Coronel started off. "Of course I would have liked to be in the top 10 qualifying session, but we just missed out on that. Free practice was OK, especially when considering that we were using old tyres. Unfortunately I made a mistake in my last outting in qualifying, so that kept me from the Q2 session. At the start of the first race I just said to myself 'Take care, watch where they are going and try to get to the inside of the corner. It proved to be a wise move as several cars hit each other a few seconds later. I saw the underside of Porteiro's car next to me and both in the front and on the other side I hit other cars. Fortunately the damage was restricted to just a bent steering rod. In the remainder of the race I was fighting with Stefano 'D Aste. He benefited from an overtaking move of Augusto Farfus. He is fighting for the overall championship, so I let him go by. However 'D Aste managed to get by as well. Fortunately he is not that high in the Independent rankings, so I decided not to take any further risks and settled for second in the Independents. In the second race I had a bad start and I was immediately overtaken by my teammate Tom Boardman. He was racing in front of his home crowd and in the opening stages he was just quicker. Behind me some more people were closing up with whom I was fighting for the rest of the race. It was clean and competitive racing in which sometimes a bit of contact was made, but never more than that. Everybody respected each other and that always gives the best fights on the track. Also in this race I went for the Independents points. Tom Boardman took the privateer win and I was second, so again I gained some points on Porteiro. Looking back I can only conclude that I took most of the Independent points this weekend", Tom Coronel said.

Tom Coronel is supported in 2009 by: SEAT Nederland, TW Steel big in oversized watches, McGregor fashion, Beelen demolition works, Saarloos automotive and Olympia staffing.

-credit: tc

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tom Coronel , Tom Boardman , Felix Porteiro