Morocco: Tom Coronel preview

Second round for Tom Coronel at Marrakesh Marrakech, May 1st, 2010 - This weekend, the Marrakesh street circuit will be the venue for the second season meeting of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Dutch driver Tom Coronel will again...

Second round for Tom Coronel at Marrakesh

Marrakech, May 1st, 2010 - This weekend, the Marrakesh street circuit will be the venue for the second season meeting of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Dutch driver Tom Coronel will again be racing his SEAT Leon TDI in the colours of McGregor and TW Steel. "At last, a WTCC weekend again after an eight weeks' break", says Coronel, eagerly looking forward to the upcoming event. "Last year, I did quite well at Marrakesh. Normally, street circuits suit me."

"Marrakesh is different. You are in Africa, totally different surroundings, the weather is good, the mentality of the people here is different. Look, after ten or fifteen years, circuits like Monza or Brands Hatch are nothing new, but this is something special", Coronel explains. Okay, the journey took quite a while, with a five-hour stopover at Casablanca Airport where there wasn't much to do otherwise, but once arrived in Marrakesh, you just can't miss how much people are looking forward to the event: special WTCC flags and banners are everywhere in the city, the local radio station is broadcasting live from the circuit throughout the weekend and there is a lot of interest for the races.

The 'Marrakech Grand Prix', as the event is being referred to locally, is taking place for the second time this year. The circuit is 4.545 kilometres long and consists of public roads in the Agdal district, a few kilometres south of the historic Medina city centre of Marrakesh. For this year, some changes have been made to the circuit. Above all, the width of the track has increased. "That allows for better overtaking", says Tom Coronel, for whom a busy sequence of races starts this weekend with the Spa 1000 kilometre race coming up next week, the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring- Nordschleife the week after that and then the WTCC races at Monza. "But now, it is all about Marrakesh. I am really looking forward to it!" The two races will be held on Sunday, May 2nd, at 3.20 pm and 4.35 pm CET. The races are broadcast live on Eurosport.

A video with Tom estimating his chances for the Marrakech weekend is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFWnos2GsNM.

-source: tom coronel

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