SEAT driver Tom Coronel still has unfinished business in Macau
Macau, November 19th, 2010 - This week (November 18th till 22nd), the 2010 season in the FIA World Touring Car Championship will be concluded, as usual at the Guia street circuit in Macau. For SEAT driver Tom Coronel, the races in the former Portuguese colony also marks the end of his WTCC season, in which he again wants to show a good performance with his SEAT Leon TDI in the colours of McGregor and TW Steel. "I still have unfinished business in Macau," says Coronel, who picks the 6.117 kilometres long street circuit as his favourite track.
Hardly any driver in the WTCC field has as much experience at the track in Macau as Tom Coronel, who raced there both in Formula 3 and in touring cars. "The circuit is like the city itself: fascinating, but sometimes also unbelievable. On the long straight down at the waterfront, we are reaching the highest speeds, but in the city up on the mountain, we are driving very slowly. There, the track is so narrow that there is just space for one car between the Armco barriers," he describes. "As a result, finding the right set-up is very difficult, because you have to deal with two extremes."
Coronel is looking forward to the races in Macau, where he wants to end the season in a good way. "Before the season, I said that I wanted to win two races. Of course, that will be difficult to achieve, but a good result should be within reach in Macau. I led the race there in Formula 3, but I didn't win. I led the race in touring cars, but I still didn't win. So it is fair to say that I still have unfinished business there and it would be nice when we could get that sorted this weekend."
The Macau event is different from all other WTCC rounds. The test took already place on Thursday, the two free practice sessions and qualifying are scheduled for Friday. On Saturday, there are no activities for the WTCC drivers, as both races are held on Sunday. How does Tom Coronel cope with that? "At any other circuit, it would be extremely annoying to have a day without any action, but in Macau, it is no problem. There is a lot of tension on Friday, but you have an extra day to think things over on Saturday and that gives you extra power for the Sunday. On Sunday, tension is the most of the entire season, but so is the winding down at the end-of- season party. And the one who becomes champion has to pay the bill!"
The races at the Macau street circuit are held on Sunday, November 21st, at 4.50 and 6.10 am CET. The races are broadcast live on Eurosport.