Puebla: Tom Coronel weekend summary

SEAT-driver Tom Coronel goes for Independents points in FIA-WTCC races Mexico The Mexican track of Puebla did not really live up to the expectations of SEAT Team Holland driver Tom Coronel. Traditionally the Dutch driver always performed well...

SEAT-driver Tom Coronel goes for Independents points in FIA-WTCC races Mexico

The Mexican track of Puebla did not really live up to the expectations of SEAT Team Holland driver Tom Coronel. Traditionally the Dutch driver always performed well in Mexico, but this time Coronel, driving a SEAT Leon TFSi, finished both races outside the points ranking in 15th place. A small consolidation were the points for the Yokohama Independents Trophy where he took a fourth and a third place respectively. In the privateer ranking Coronel is still in second place.

"In all fairness I really expected a bit more this weekend. Normally I always do well here", Tom Coronel explains. "The main reason for our sudden down change in form is the alteration of the circuit. There is a lot more grip than before and the kerbstones have been changed as well. In the past I used the kerbs to the maximum in order to keep my racelines as short as possible. The slippery surface always was a good equalizer to compensate my lack of engine power compared to the opposition. This explains why the races this weekend were completely different from the ones in last few years. With the good memories of Puebla in mind I was full of optimism when I came here. The car felt good and in free practice we were right up there. However in qualifying I could not do better than 15th place. The only thing you can do then is to wait for others to make mistakes. My main rival for the Independents Trophy was too far ahead of me to have a direct confrontation. Gathering points for the Independents standings was my main aim. This worked out well, but I had to keep an eye on the engine temperature. It was going to a critical height so I could not stay too long in the slip stream of the cars ahead of me. Later on I got a problem with my left front shock absorber, which explains why I dropped back towards the end of the race. Before the start of the second race the SunRed engineers fixed the problem so I could make a fresh start again. Race two had a rocky start and all of a sudden I was in fighting with the Chevies and Felix Porteiro, my main opponent for the Independents Trophy. In that battle I had to choose my position on the track which did not work out the way I had hoped. I dropped back and ended up as 15th, just like in the first race. Still I took third place for the Independents. I am still in second place in the standings, but the leader has increased his points lead. It's hard, but it is the reality. Let's hope we will have some more luck when the championship moves back towards Europe. With a few good results we will be able to catch up again", the ever optimistic Tom Coronel said

Tom Coronel is supported by: SEAT Nederland, TW Steel watches, McGregor, Saarloos, Pioneer and Olympia Staffing.

-credit: tc

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tom Coronel , Felix Porteiro