ETCC: Donington: Tom Coronel summary

Tom Coronel and Duncan Huisman score points in Donington ETCC race. The 4 km. long Donington track set the stage for the 17th and 18th race of the LG ETCC 2002. The Dutch-German Carly Motors Team Isert squad consisted this time of drivers Tom ...

Tom Coronel and Duncan Huisman score points in Donington ETCC race.

The 4 km. long Donington track set the stage for the 17th and 18th race of the LG ETCC 2002. The Dutch-German Carly Motors Team Isert squad consisted this time of drivers Tom Coronel, Duncan Huisman and Pierre-Yves Corthals. Coronel ended both races initially in seventh position, but was later promoted to sixth for the second race of the day. Duncan Huisman took sixth in the first race which gave him pole for the second in which he finished second. Italian driver Fabrizio Giovanardi clinched the ETCC title with two races still to go.

Both practice sessions went according to plan for Tom Coronel. "In both the first and the second session I was up with the leaders. Before qualifying the stewards said that cutting off the chicane would cost you your fastest time. This duly happened but because several drivers cut the chicane on more than once it meant that they were still benefiting. In the end I was seventh and Duncan was ninth. We agreed to change the car a bit for the race. We discovered later on that this was not the way to go but as a result of this I had an off track experience in the warmup", Tom Coronel explained.

The problems were related to the brake system and were also giving Tom problems in the first race. Right after the start he moved up to sixth, but later on he had to let go on that. "Everytime I had to brake 20 meters earlier to get the car through the corner properly. Duncan was behind me halfway into the race. I decided to let him go as there was no way I could fight with him". With Huisman taking over sixth place Tom's plan to finish in sixth place and consequently taking pole for race two went up in smoke. In stead Huisman now took the honours. After all the regulations of the ETCC dictate that the top six finishers in the first race will start in reverse order in the second race.

Also in the second race Tom was to have brake problems. "The pedal was hard, but there was no deceleration. Again I managed to gain some places at the start, although I had to give them back later on. My only goal was to finish the race and take some championship points. I didn't take any points for seventh, but afterwards Gabriele Tarquini was penalised so I moved up a spot which gave me a point. The positive thing from this weekend is that we showed our speed again. We can really fight for the podium now as Duncan clearly demonstrated in the second race so I predict that we can fight again for the podium in the final race at Estoril in two weeks time", Tom Coronel concluded.

Tom Coronel is supported in the FIA European Touringcar Championship by Apex, Seiko, Bertelli and McGregor.

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Drivers Fabrizio Giovanardi , Tom Coronel , Duncan Huisman , Gabriele Tarquini , Pierre-Yves Corthals