ETCC: Monza: Tom Coronel race report

Double podium finish for Tom Coronel in ETCC Finale at Monza. Tom Coronel rounded off his FIA ETCC season with two podium finishes. At the Italian track of Monza he initially finished fourth in the first of the two races, but he moved up a place...

Double podium finish for Tom Coronel in ETCC Finale at Monza.

Tom Coronel rounded off his FIA ETCC season with two podium finishes. At the Italian track of Monza he initially finished fourth in the first of the two races, but he moved up a place after Roberto Colciago was disqualified from first place. The Dutchman was now third behind Alfa Romeo driver James Thompson and the BMW of Andy Priaulx. In the second race of the day Coronel crossed the line in second place behind fellow BMW driver and championship contender Jorg Müller. With these results Tom Coronel firmed up his second place in the Independents Trophy for privateers. This particular trophy was already taken by his Carly Motors teammate Duncan Huisman a fortnight ago.

Not only for Tom Coronel, but also for all people involved in the FIA ETCC, it proved to be the race of the season. "Incredible, what a spectacular weekend", Tom Coronel said. "In practice things were looking not so good for us. I tried to set a fast laptime together with my teammate Duncan Huisman and Andy Priaulx who drives for BMW Great Britain. For the others it worked out, but not for me. When it was my turn to benefit from the slipstreaming I made a small mistake and after that there were also yellow flags all over the track. So I could do no better than ninth under these circumstances. Despite that the car felt good. The Carly Motors crew did all they could to improve the settings of the car. This was clearly demonstrated in the warm up in which I finished second fastest. I started the first race from ninth place. It was a matter of good analysing and thinking to improve the title chances for the BMW drivers. First of all Dirk Müller was pushed off by Colciago, for which he was later to be disqualified. As for me I stayed behind Andy Priaulx, because he was also in a good position in the championship, like Jorg. Unfortunately Jorg dropped out towards the end with a blown tyre, which in the end cost him the title. However at that stage the pressure was still at a maximum level with one race still to go.

Tom Coronel: I started that second race from fifth place and came away from the line quite well. My teammate Duncan Huisman had a less positive start as he was shoved off by Gabriele Tarquini in the Alfa. In that crash also Andy Priaulx was involved and the only way that I could escape from the carnage was to cut off the chicane. It cost me a few positions but at least I was still on the track. Also in this race I was fully supporting Jorg Müller. Together we managed to stay ahead of Gabriele Tarquini. We scored the maximum result with our 1-2 finish, although it was not enough for Jorg to take the title. Tarquini took it with one point difference. At least I am happy to demonstrate what I can do with the new car. As you now the last results are always remembered the best so we hope for the best for next year. At this occasion I wish to thank the Carly Motors crew who performed superb on a tight budget. We took the first two places in the Independents Trophy, so in short: we did a superjob!"

Afterwards a protest was launched against Tarquini for his move on Huisman. For now the protest was rejected, but the team appealed against this decision which makes the results still provisional.

For Tom Coronel the racing season is far from over. He still has two events left in the Japanese GT series and he will also participate in the 1000km race at Le Mans for Lister.

The participation of Tom Coronel in Oschersleben was made possible by: McGregor, Apex, JBL caraudio, Bridgestone and Autobedrijf Beelen.

-tcr-

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Series General
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Dirk Müller , Tom Coronel , Jorg Muller , James Thompson , Duncan Huisman , Gabriele Tarquini , Roberto Colciago