ETCC: Magny-Cours: Tom Coronel race notes

Tom Coronel increases lead in Independents Trophy. The second round of the FIA ETCC (European Touring Car Championship) at the French track of Magny Cours brought some great results to the Dutch Carly Motors team. Besides scoring well in the ...

Tom Coronel increases lead in Independents Trophy.

The second round of the FIA ETCC (European Touring Car Championship) at the French track of Magny Cours brought some great results to the Dutch Carly Motors team. Besides scoring well in the overall standings a double victory was taken in the Independents Trophy for ETCC privateer teams. Tom Coronel scored a seventh and a fourth place overall in the two races which also resulted in an increased lead in the Independents Trophy. BMW driver Jorg Muller won both races in France.

For Tom Coronel practice was hampered by the wet weather. "Unlike Duncan I still drive the 2002 car which does not have a front screen heater. Normally that is no problem, but it was raining so hard that the screens kept on misting up all the time. The left side of the screen was more or less OK as there is a ventilator there, but to turn in a corner you need also the rest of the screen to be clear. I came in several times to ask the crew to clear it up, but even on new tyres I couldn't do better than 14th place. I know it is no good excuse, but anyway a shame it had to be like this".

The dry warm up session on Sunday morning was much more to the liking of the 31 year old Dutchman. "It was dry and the car felt super. In the first race there were three guys ahead of me having a good fight. I could easily close in on them and overtake them on the outside line, a trick I also performed last year here! The battle for the next few places was much harder, but in the end I managed to get into the top eight. At first I though I was eighth, but later on it appeared that I was seventh, so for the second time in a row I could start race two from the front row, this time right ahead of my teammate Duncan who took a good fifth place.

Both Dutchmen made a clear arrangement with teammanager Carly Pellinkhof not to fight each other in the second race. It all worked really well as Tom Coronel was leading after the opening lap followed by Duncan Huisman and the rest of the field. "What happened after that I really don't know because we had a massive lead after the third corner", Coronel said. I appeared that the gap was caused by a crash between the cars behind them.

Coronel and Huisman cooperated and changed position, but they could not prevent the winner of the first race, Jorg Muller, to close in and eventually pass them. Alfa Romeo driver Nicola Larini tried to do the same, but had to put in much more effort to pass the two Dutch BMW drivers. In the end the Italian took second place which left only Duncan Huisman with a place on the podium. "With Duncan in third and myself in fourth we had the maximum results available today. We had a lot of cars behind us, but our defending tactics worked out well and we could hold on to our positions. Our goal was to score points for the Independents Trophy and with a double one - two for Duncan and me we clearly succeeded in doing so, Coronel concluded. In the overall standings Jorg Muller is leading with 33 points. Due to his good results at Magny Cours Duncan Huisman is now seventh with ten points, while Tom Coronel is in eight with nine points. He is however still leading the Independents Trophy with 36 points in which Huisman in third with 21 points

The participation of Tom Coronel in the FIA ETCC is made possible by his Dutch sponsors: McGregor, Apex, Castrol, Bridgestone, Autobedrijf Beelen en Clifford.

Standings Independents Trophy after 4 races: 1. TOM CORONEL 36 points; 2. Fabio Francia 25; 3. DUNCAN HUISMAN 21; 4. Alessandro Balzan 14 and 5. Paolo Ruberti 11.

-www.coronel.nl

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Series General
Drivers Tom Coronel , Jorg Muller , Duncan Huisman , Paolo Ruberti , Alessandro Balzan , Nicola Larini