Oschersleben: Tom Coronel weekend summary

Maximum points for Tom Coronel in German FIA WTCC weekend For Tom Coronel the German round of the FIA WTCC at Oschersleben could not be better. The SEAT Team Holland driver scored the maximum result in his SEAT Leon TFSi prepared by SUNRED ...

Maximum points for Tom Coronel in German FIA WTCC weekend

For Tom Coronel the German round of the FIA WTCC at Oschersleben could not be better. The SEAT Team Holland driver scored the maximum result in his SEAT Leon TFSi prepared by SUNRED Engineering, while his competitors hit trouble at the same time. With this results Coronel is now leading the Yokohama Independents Trophy, the championship for privateer drivers.

"This is of course a dream result. In just one weekend you take so many points, while my main rivals for the title failed to score. Despite all the hectic about the budget for the final two races of the championship I managed to take a lot of points for the Independents title. Let's hope it will help us to find the means to compete in the final two rounds so that we have a chance to take the title. However that is still far away, before that will first go to Imola", Tom Coronel said.

"From the first sessions on I was right up there. Qualifying was super in the first session. It was a combination of wet and dry weather, which is really my thing. As the track was fully wet at the start of the second qualifying session I went out on rain tyres. Then the track dried out and I wanted to come in for slicks, but I did not have enough time to make the change. With my rain tyres I took seventh all the others ahead of me were on slicks. It was a slight comfort to be the fastest driver on rain tyres, but that was not what I was aiming for. Anyhow, more important for me was that I did far better than my main rivals for the Yokohama Independents Trophy. Because of this I only had to take care of my own position at the start. This was better than I could have dreamt of as I was in second place when I came out of turn 1. At the start I decided to go for the outside at the first corner. While many others were fighting for the same bit of tarmac, I managed to stay out of trouble. It was really exciting! After Rydell and Priaulx overtook me the race was settled for me. I stayed in fourth position, which brought me quite some bonus points for the Independents battle. So after race 1 I had already taken the lead in this championship. I started the second race from the second row of the grid. We knew it would be difficult to hold on to this place as we always suffer with a standing start. The works cars that started behind me have a distinct power and traction advantage, so I was in 11th place when we exited the first corner. Although a bit more quite as in the first race, a lot happened throughout the race and I really had to fight to move back to the front. In the end I took eighth, so another points finish in the general standings. More importantly for me: another win in the privateer battle while my rivals were far behind and lost points", Tom Coronel concluded.

For now, Tom Coronel will not only concentrate on the next event at Imola, but also work hard on his participation in Japan and Macau. "We will go for the maximum result at Imola. Especially with the results of today I really want to go to Japan and Macau. It would be a shame if we have to let go on a chance to win a world title. For the moment I have some positive notes that are hopeful, but we are still far away. For me there is nothing left to do than working hard to make it happen. I simply will not give up before the boat, that takes the cars to the Far East, has left the harbour", Tom Coronel said.

-credit: tc

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