ROAL Motorsport press release
Coronel protagonist in Monza, Cerqui into points too
12/03/2012 - ROAL Motorsport started the season in a positive way at Monza, stage of the opening round of the FIA WTCC 2012. The team led by Roberto Ravaglia ended with the BMW 320TC into points in both races thanks to a strong Tom Coronel and an Alberto Cerqui author of a good debut in the world championship, considering his little experience in a International championship like WTCC.
Coronel secured the sixth place on race one's grid and the fifth on the second's at the end of Q2 held on Saturday, while Cerqui ended Q1 in seventeenth place.
The Dutch driver got back a place during the first lap of race one and kept the fifth position until the chequered flag where he was the first BMW driver. Very exciting was Coronel's race two where he climbed to the second place at the start and afterwards fought for the podium in the first half of the race; Coronel defended himself solidly from the attacks of Chevrolet drivers giving away the third place only during the second last lap. His final fourth place was very good anyway and turned out to be the best result among the drivers at the wheel of a BMW 320TC.
Positive were also Alberto Cerqui's races that marked his debut in the FIA WTCC. The nineteen years old from Brescia completed two good recovers taking him all the way up to points twice as he ended the race one in tenth and race two in ninth place.
Coronel is currently fourth in the drivers ranking with 22 points, while Cerqui is twelfth at 3. In the Yokohama Trophy, the young Italian driver is sixth instead thanks to his 9 points.
Roberto Ravaglia (ROAL Motorsport, Team Principal): "We can call us satisfied by the outcome of Monza's weekend. Coronel showed a good feeling with the BMW 320TC in the final stages of the past season and he confirmed it in this occasion too harvesting the maximum result we could possibly aim to. Cerqui had an as positive debut too as he completed both races into points fighting with much more experienced drivers than him".
The FIA WTCC will be back on track next 1 April in Valencia (Spain).