FIERY EXIT FOR TOM CORONEL AT SILVERSTONE The circuit of Silverstone, also known as the home of British motorracing, hosted the fifth and sixth round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship 2005. After the disillusion two weeks ago at Magny ...
FIERY EXIT FOR TOM CORONEL AT SILVERSTONE
The circuit of Silverstone, also known as the home of British motorracing, hosted the fifth and sixth round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship 2005. After the disillusion two weeks ago at Magny Cours Tom Coronel and the SEAT Team Holland were out for revenge. Despite finishing 14th in the first race the result felt as a win, which in fact it was. Coronel came first of the privateers and therefore took valuable points for the Michelin Independents Trophy. The second race was looking equally well and Coronel took 14th place again. In the second race however there had been more in store for Coronel. Two laps before the end Tom was in the top ten. A small fire in the engine cost him four places and more importantly, a win in the privateer battle. After the dominant Alfa Romeo 1-2-3-4 result in race on it was to be SEAT's turn in race 2 with a 1-2 victory for Rickard Rydell ahead of Jason Plato.
Tom Coronel was satisfied with the results in practice. "We drove on the short track, which was something I had to get used to. The team had done the short track before however so they had some basic data to start with. The track suited the SEAT Toledo Cupra well and we got a fine setup for the car pretty quickly. Of course the twisty nature of the shortened track suits the front wheel driven Toledo very well. Furthermore we had some help from the FIA as the front wheel driven cars were allowed to take 20 kilos out of the car following the dominant results of the rear wheel driven BMWs so far this season. All this gave me a fifth fastest time in the warm up on race morning, even on old tyres! Everybody was surprised with our sudden pace, including us. In the first race I had quite a good start, but that was about it. I did not get involved in any exciting battles, which explains my 14th place. I was leading the privateers battle, which was my only goal. I decided to take the independents-win home without getting into unnecessary problems", SEAT Team Holland driver Tom Coronel said.
This solid result gave confidence for Coronel in race two. "Also this time I had a good start, but I got behind Hennerici. Hi is leading the Michelin Independents standings so he was my target. After being on his tail for some laps I managed to get by and take some distance. After that Dirk Müller and Gabriele Tarquini were closing in on me and I had to let them past. There is no sense in defending your position as they were clearly faster. Later on the Honda of Colciago was holding me up pretty much. He was difficult to overtake. Hennericci benefited from it and started to attack me. It was a good fight and I managed to stay ahead of him. Unfortunately two laps before the end I shifted down and saw smoke an some flames. I succeeded in bringing the burning car home and have it extinguished after the race had finished. This way at least I took some points for the Michelin Independents Trophy, which can be very valuable later on in the season", Tom Coronel concluded.
After Silverstone the WTCC will head for San Marino at 29 May. Tom Coronel is supported in the WTCC by SEAT-Pon Car, BBS, McGregor and Splitfire Sparkplugs