Tom Coronel aims at Monza podium finish Monza, May 21st, 2010 - The European part of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) gets underway at the circuit of Monza in Italy this weekend. "Monza is the fastest circuit we are racing on and...
Tom Coronel aims at Monza podium finish
Monza, May 21st, 2010 - The European part of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) gets underway at the circuit of Monza in Italy this weekend. "Monza is the fastest circuit we are racing on and the last four races were won by a SEAT," says Dutch SEAT driver Tom Coronel. He is totally confident that he can again score a podium finish this weekend following his third place most recently at Marrakesh. "Normally, that should be possible", says Coronel, whose SEAT Leon TDI in the colours of McGregor and TW Steel is likely to shine among the front runners in the field again.
After an absence of one year, the WTCC is returning to the 'Autodromo Nazionale di Monza', beautifully located in the royal park in the city near Milan. The circuit has a long motor racing heritage and it is considered as a challenge by the drivers: "I don't know any other circuits where we reach such high top speeds and where you need to brake as hard as at Monza," says Tom Coronel. He has fond memories of the circuit: "In the ETCC, I finished second when I had to help Jorg Muller win the title." That was back in 2003, but for this year, Coronel is aiming at a good result, too. "Our TDI engine is one of the most powerful in the field, so from that point of view, it should be good."
According to Coronel, the fact that the SEAT Leon TDIs are racing with 40 kilograms of handicap weight this weekend following the good results during the first two events at Curitiba and Marrakesh isn't particularly helpful, but he reckons that the disadvantage due to the extra weight isn't too big: "The weight is a fact, it has been decided by the organisers and we have to cope with it. But at a circuit like Monza with its long straights, its effect isn't as big as on a twisty track, for instance Zolder, where you notice the disadvantage much more."
The races at Monza are held on Sunday, May 23rd (Whit Sunday) at 1.05 and 3.20 pm CET. The races are broadcast live on Eurosport.