Home race for Tom Coronel at Zolder Monza, June 19th, 2010 - This weekend (June 18th till 20th), the circuit of Zolder in the Belgian province of Limburg will be hosting the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) for the first time. For Tom...
Home race for Tom Coronel at Zolder
Monza, June 19th, 2010 - This weekend (June 18th till 20th), the circuit of Zolder in the Belgian province of Limburg will be hosting the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) for the first time. For Tom Coronel, who is competing in this year's WTCC with a SEAT Leon TDI sporting the colours of McGregor and TW Steel, this is his home race. "The circuit is at only a stone's throw from the Dutch border, so I hope that there will be numerous Dutch fans out there to support me," says Coronel. In the two most recent WTCC events at the Marrakesh street circuit and at Monza in Italy, Coronel finished on the podium each time. "After third place at Marrakesh and second place at Monza, finishing first would now be logic," he smiles. However, this will not be an easy affair as all SEAT Leon TDI have to carry the maximum amount of 40 kilograms of success ballast following the good results in previous races. However, Coronel is upbeat about his chances.
The FIA World Touring Car Championship is competing for the first time at Circuit Zolder which was the location of the Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix in 1973, from 1975 till 1982 and in 1984. The FIA GT Championship, the DTM and, somewhat longer ago, the European Formula 2 and Formula 3 championships were regular visitors at Zolder. Next to car and motorcycle events, the venue also has a long-standing tradition in cycling: the 2002 cycling world championships were held at Zolder and the cyclocross world championships were held there in the same year. This year, a UCI cyclocross world cup meeting will be held at Zolder on December 26th.
Circuit Zolder is the 21st circuit to host the WTCC since the start of the championship in its current guise in 2005. Tom Coronel says: "It is a circuit with quite a lot of corners and traction is accordingly important. That is one of the strengths of our SEAT Leon TDI. Theoretically, the circuit looks favourable to us, but you always have to wait and find out what it is like in reality." Coronel is clearly looking forward to Zolder: "Many friends and acquaintances have announced their attendance. I know the track quite well, because in my first year in motor racing, I had a race there already and I have raced there often ever since. I am really looking forward to it!"
The races at Circuit Zolder are held on Sunday, June 20th, at 13.05 and 15.20 h. The races are broadcasted live on Eurosport.