Imola: Tom Coronel to make Asian rounds

Tom Coronel can finish the WTCC season with extra support of McGregor Some weeks ago it looked like Tom Coronel could not take part in the FIA WTCC races in Japan and Macau due to budget problems. Since then the Dutchman has been working hard to...

Tom Coronel can finish the WTCC season with extra support of McGregor

Some weeks ago it looked like Tom Coronel could not take part in the FIA WTCC races in Japan and Macau due to budget problems. Since then the Dutchman has been working hard to find the funds to finish the season. With help of fashion brand McGregor he managed to secure his participation in the races at Okayama on 1 November and Macau on 22 November. Tom Coronel is still fighting for the Yokohama Independents Trophy, the championship for privateer drivers. Coronel is leading this championship after his double victory at Oschersleben in Germany one week ago.

"It was an unpleasant surprise when I was told that we could not go to Japan and Macau", Tom Coronel said. "However, SEAT importer Pon Car supported me to find a solution myself so that I could race in Asia. I must thank a lot of people that helped me to sort things out and with the extra support of McGregor we made it. Of course I am extremely happy with this".

Because of the extra McGregor backing the SEAT Leon TFSi will have a different livery from the next race at Imola onwards. The car will look much like the SEAT Leon Eurocup car of Tom's twin brother Tim, mainly dark blue and white details. McGregor has already been supporting the WTCC program of Tom Coronel and SEAT Team Holland for five years. Next weekend the final European race of the season will take place at Imola in Italy. From there all cars will be shipped directly to Asia for the final two events.

Tom Coronel is really looking forward to the races to come. "Especially with the recent successes at Oschersleben, where we really took a lot of points with the double victory, it would be a great shame to stop after Imola. Now that we have secured the budget we can focus on racing. After Imola we will go to Japan, the place where I took my first overall WTCC win last year. The final in Macau is always spectacular. It is one of my favorite tracks. I will give it all to reward the people that supported me, and what better way to do it than by winning the Independents title!"

-credit: tc

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