ETCC: Brno: Tom Coronel race notes

Double points score for Tom Coronel at Brno Racing at the LG Super Racing Weekends resumed at the Czech circuit of Brno. For Tom Coronel the only two races on his schedule were the ninth and tenth round of the European Touring Car Championship.

Double points score for Tom Coronel at Brno

Racing at the LG Super Racing Weekends resumed at the Czech circuit of Brno. For Tom Coronel the only two races on his schedule were the ninth and tenth round of the European Touring Car Championship. The Dutchman was scheduled to compete in the FIA GT series as well, but after the Lister Storm GT was destroyed by a fire two weeks ago at Hockenheim, the team did not have enough time to prepare a new car for this race.

Tom Coronel started the first race of the day from an excellent seventh place on the grid. His teammate Klaas Zwart, still substituting for his quickly recovering daughter Paulien started from 21st place. After her freak accident in testing at Magny Cours Paulien joined the team at Brno, for now as a spectator but she hopes to be back behind the wheel before the next round at Donington. Tom Coronel rounded of both races in a strong way by finishing sixth and seventh and was the best privateer in both rounds. In the overall standings Tom now has gathered fourteen points while he has a comfortable lead in the Michelin Independents Trophy on 78 points

Tom Coronel said that the key to his good qualifying performance was his tyrechoice. "Together with Carly we decided to mount a fresh set of rubber. Certainly the right choice as the time of 1m11.1s proved. Later on I asked for a second new set and with a perfectly balanced car I did a 1m10.8 lap, which put me seventh on the grid". For Tom it was a matter of staying out of trouble and consolidating his position. After all seventh or eight would put him on the first row for the second race. For a long time the Carly Motors driver was fighting with fellow BMW driver and title contender Jorg Muller. "I was fifth for a while. At that time there was some oil on the track and some drivers ahead of me went off line. One of them, Fabrizio Giovanardi was clearly faster than me and managed to get by. I never heard anything about teamorders regarding Muller and afterwards I learned that there weren't any. All in all sixth overall and the maximum score in the Independents Trophy was a more than satisfying result for the first race", Coronel concluded.

Tom started his second race from the second row of the grid. "I had just a fraction more traction at the start so I could put the power down and move into the first corner in second place. I lost second quite soon on the fighting factory drives behind me. Our main aim for this year is to win the Independents Trophy, so I decided not to involve myself too much in a fight with the factory cars. Though I could keep up with the pace of the leaders in the beginnning I decided not to take any unnecessary risks. For me it was a battle to survive in which I had to pay a lot of attention to avoid the fighting and spinning cars. When one of my main rivals dropped out towards the end of the race things got a bit more comfortable. On the final lap I could not resist overtaking Belgian Kurt Mollekens, who used to be my teammate in Opel Lotus long time ago. It was a fight for eight place overall, and thus for the final championship point up for grabs", Tom Coronel said. What the Dutchman did not know at that time was that he should finish in the points anyway. Afterwards fifth place finished Rickard Rydell received a 30 second penalty for his collision with Gabriele Tarquini. Both Tom and Mollekens moved up a place giving Tom an extra championship point. The results for the Michelin Independents Trophy remained unchanged, which meant another first for Tom.

The first race was won by Andy Priaulx in a BMW, while the second race went to fellow BMW driver Dirk Muller.

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Series General
Drivers Fabrizio Giovanardi , Andy Priaulx , Dirk Müller , Tom Coronel , Jorg Muller , Rickard Rydell , Gabriele Tarquini , Klaas Zwart