First point for Tom Coronel in FIA European Touring Car Championship. The fourth round of the LG FIA European Touring Car Championship took place at the Spanish circuit of Jarama. Tom Coronel, part of the Dutch Carly Motors-Team Isert squad,...
First point for Tom Coronel in FIA European Touring Car Championship.
The fourth round of the LG FIA European Touring Car Championship took place at the Spanish circuit of Jarama. Tom Coronel, part of the Dutch Carly Motors-Team Isert squad, took home his first point. His teammate Peter Kox did the same in the second race of the day. Coronel started this race from pole position, but a broken clutch in the first lap made an end to further points aspirations.
"It was said to be one of the hottest days in the last few years", Tom Coronel said about the weather conditions during the 7th and 8th round of the ETCC at Jarama. "Just like in the last round at Brno I was the quickest BMW driver in the warmup, while I was satisfied with a solid 8th place in qualifying on Saturday". In the first race the Dutchman managed to gain two places. "I came from the line really well and moved up one place instantly. Then I was behind Jordi Gene whom I overtook with a nice move down the inside in front of his home crowd. This meant not only that I finished the race in sixth and took my first championship point, but it also gave me pole position for the second race", Coronel explained.
In order to bring some more excitement to the races the top six of the first race will start in reversed order in the second race. "That's why I was on pole position. Unfortunately I could not make any good use of it. Towards the end of the first race I already felt that there was a problem with the clutch. The 15 minute break between the races was apparently too short to fix the problem. The pitcrew did all they could and at first it seemed to work. When I drove out of the pits the clutch pedal felt normal and on the grid everything seemed to be OK. But when I really needed the clutch on the formation lap the problem came back. I knew that I would have a problem at the start. I decided to push the car in first gear without using the clutch. Fortunately I got the car to move away from the line, although I instantly lost about ten places. After a collision with James Hanson in the first corner the race was definitively over and out for me", Coronel concluded.
Also this time in Spain both races were won by the Nordauto Alfa Romeo team with victories for Larini and Giovanardi who is still leading the championship. The next ETCC race will take place on 30 June at Anderstorp in Sweden. Tom Coronel will be back in action earlier than that as he will join Jan Lammers and Val Hillebrand in the Le Mans 24 hour race in two weeks time driving the Racing for Holland Dome-Judd.
Tom Coronel is supported in the FIA European Touringcar Championship by Apex, Seiko, Bertelli and McGregor.