Tom Coronel firmly leading ETCC Independents league Even before the second LG Super Racing Weekend at the Spanish track of Valencia started Tom Coronel could add two championship points to his tally. This was caused by the disqualification of ...
Tom Coronel firmly leading ETCC Independents league
Even before the second LG Super Racing Weekend at the Spanish track of Valencia started Tom Coronel could add two championship points to his tally. This was caused by the disqualification of Augusto Farfus who finished ahead of Tom in the two races at Monza. This weekend at Valencia Tom Coronel's main target was to finish as high up as possible and try to consolidate his leading position in the Michelin Independents Trophy. By finishing second and third on his first race at Valencia Coronel succeeded in doing so. The Dutchman is still leading the Independents Trophy with 34 points, followed by Italian driver d'Aste with 25 points. Tom's partner and team mate Paulien Zwart is in tenth place of the Independent Trophy standings with seven points.
On the first glance Tom Coronel saw that this weekend would be no BMW weekend. "The way the corners go definitively benefits the front wheel driven cars. My second handicap was that I had never driven here before, so I had to spend the first ten laps of free practice learning the track. Fortunately things went according to plan and in the second free session I was just one tenth short of the factory BMW drivers. However I went off towards the end of the session, which caused the Carly Motors crew some extra work. Despite the overtime hours I gave them they did not let me down and did a fine job in preparing the car of Saturday qualifying. Fifteenth place was all I could get however. I tried to get a slipstream in order to gain some more tenths but in the end that car was slowing me down in stead of giving me extra speed. After that the tyres had the best of it which meant the end of my qualifying aspirations", Tom Coronel said
Knowing well that Valencia does not favour the BMWs Tom started his first race over 13 laps. Shortly after the start there was some pushing and shoving around the BMW of the Dutchman. I was between the Seats, who were fighting each other hard. I managed to drive away from them and chase Jan Magnussen in the Peugeot. We had a good fight and in the end I just beat him and finished tenth overall and second in the privateer standings.
Due to his race result in the first race Tom started from tenth in the second race. As he did not have any expectations of finishing in the top five Coronel decided to stat the race on used tyres. "I prefer to leave the new ones for the next race at Magny Cours. That circuit suits our car much more and I want to score there. Despite that the second race at Valencia was some good fun. I was fighting with Alessandro Zanardi who is also driving a BMW. It was a nice battle in which we gave each other just enough room to make a good show. Really great! I finished this race in ninth place overall and third in the Michelin Independents Trophy. All in all it was not an easy weekend, but we were able to minimize the damage in the points standings", Tom Coronel concluded. This weekend Tom Coronel did not race in the FIA GT series with the Lister Storm. "We are waiting for the new car to be finished. I already did some testing last week and for sure it looks promising", Tom commented.