The 4.8 kilometres long Boavista street circuit in Porto (Portugal) hosted the seventh round of the 2013 FIA WTCC. With his ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC, Tom Coronel was one of the 24 drivers to race here. The most remarkable situation occurred in qualifying. The 41-year old Dutch driver having ended up seventh in the first session, he was classified tenth after the second heat.

With the reversed grid ruling in the World Touring Car Championship, this means pole position for race two. Eventually, however, things turned out to be totally different. A few hours after publication of the qualifying results, these were revised due to a glitch in the time-keeping system.

The Dutchman lost a position and found himself in eleventh place on the starting grid for the second race. Infuriated about the situation, Tom Coronel started the first race, in which he finished seventh.

Due to the fact that two drivers who were placed in front of him didn’t make the start, Tom Coronel started the second race from ninth place and finished eighth. In the WTCC drivers’ standings, Tom Coronel is currently seventh with 98 points.

Tom Coronel