Tom Coronel scores with new SEAT Leon Tom Coronel ended his first race weekend with his new SEAT Leon with success. Despite the changeable weather conditions, a brand new car and a relatively unknown track, the SEAT Team Holland driver qualified...
Tom Coronel scores with new SEAT Leon
Tom Coronel ended his first race weekend with his new SEAT Leon with success. Despite the changeable weather conditions, a brand new car and a relatively unknown track, the SEAT Team Holland driver qualified in a fine seventh place and was best of the privateers. In the first race Coronel took victory in the Independents class and scored a second place in the second race. These results also took him to the lead of the Yokohama Independents standings.
From his seventh place on the grid Tom opted for a safe run in the first race. He ended the race in 13th place but was still best of the privateers. The race was a big success for SEAT as the podium was completely filled with SEAT works drivers, added of course with SEAT privateer Tom Coronel. The second race was to take place on an even wetter track than the first one. Alain Menu won the race in his Chevrolet, followed by four SEAT Sport works drivers. Tom Coronel ended the second race in 14th place overall and second of the privateers. Seat Sports driver Yvan Muller now leads the overall WTCC standings, followed by his teammates James Thompson and Gabriele Tarquini.
Tom Coronel was very positive about his new car. "It is completely different. It can in no way be compared to the Toledo Cupra that I drove before. Although the engine is the same it all sounds and feels different here. Friday we got an extra half hour of practice to get used to the car and the track, followed by the regular sessions on Saturday. In qualifying I chose to catch the sliptstream of Yvan Muller. This was working out fine as I set a seventh fastest time. I was cautious in the first race as I wanted to win the privateer class. At some stage however there was O'Brien in his BMW trying to keep me from first in the Independents battle, but he spun off later on. After that I had a relatively easy cruise to victory in my class. Between the races I discussed some settings with the GA-Asia engineers. We decided to change the tracking, the front stabilizer and dampers and the wing settings. Unfortunately I was not able to tell the effect of it on the handling of the car. Due to the heavy rain the track conditions were also changed and I also had problems with a misted up windscreen. It were not the most pleasant conditions to race under, but I decided to go for the points in the Independents Trophy. For this I had some moments with Rangoni, but towards the end I managed to stay in front of him and took second in my class. All in all I am very enthusiastic about my new car, as were all the Dutch SEAT dealers that came over to Brands Hatch to support us. We expect a lot of good progress in the races to come. The battle for the title really started here", Tom Coronel concluded.