Porto: Tom Coronel weekend summary

Tom Coronel scores Independents points in Porto For Tom Coronel the FIA WTCC celebration event in the streets op Porto did not quite bring the results he had hoped for. The SEAT Team Holland driver qualified his SEAT Leon TFSi, prepared by...

Tom Coronel scores Independents points in Porto

For Tom Coronel the FIA WTCC celebration event in the streets op Porto did not quite bring the results he had hoped for. The SEAT Team Holland driver qualified his SEAT Leon TFSi, prepared by SUNRED Engineering, in 13th position and was the fastest Independent runner with this. In the hectic first race Coronel could not hold on to this position. Despite finishing the race in the same position where he started the win for the Independent Trophy went to Stefano D'Aste. The second race at Porto brought a third place for Coronel in the privateer battle. The positive thing for the Dutchman was that he finished both races ahead of championship leader Felix Porteiro.

"Quite honestly I expected more from this race", Tom Coronel admitted afterwards. Normally I always do well on street circuits, but somehow it did not come together here. Of course being quickest of the Independent runners in qualifying is nice, but in my opinion we should have done better. I really wanted to be more up front here. In the first race it was just a matter of survival in the narrow streets. Always looking around in order to avoid hitting other people and avoid being hit. There is just nowhere to go. D'Aste, one of the other privateers had a better start than I and I immediately closed up behind him. With this his hot, oxygen lacking, exhaust fumes went straight into my air intake, so my power was just gone for a moment. This did not cost me too much however as the race was red flagged a few laps later. After the restart there was not much to race for. I was second in the privateer class and there was no chance to improve. So I cruised to the finish and ensured my second place for the Yokohama Independents Trophy. The second race was marked by smoking tyres. First of all at the start where I had a lot of wheelspin, and therefore a bad start. Because of this I dropped some places. Then there was Alain Menu who hit me hard from behind. One of the tyres went up in smoke as the bodywork was touching it. Fortunately I was able to continue. Then there was another red flag for another incident. It happened right in front of me when two drivers hit each other and one of the wheels decided to go its own way. I saw it coming to me. Fortunately was able to stop in time and managed to avoid any further damage. However when rejoining I had some problems restarting the car. When I saw the red flags I knew that there were nothing was lost. The race was restarted and in the three remaining laps I regained some places for the Yokohama Independents Trophy. All in all it was far from a top weekend for me, but I still managed to score more points than my direct opponent. Perhaps that is the best of all from this weekend in Porto", Tom Coronel said.

Tom Coronel is supported in 2009 by: SEAT Nederland, TW Steel big in oversized watches, McGregor fashion, Beelen demolition works, Saarloos automotive and Olympia staffing.

-credit: coronel.nl

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tom Coronel , Felix Porteiro , Stefano D'Aste , Alain Menu