Brands Hatch: Tom Coronel race one, two report

Coronel earns final championship point the hard way The British racing track of Brands Hatch set the scene of the 17th and 18th round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship. Of course Tom Coronel and his orange-black SEAT Leon, prepared by...

Coronel earns final championship point the hard way

The British racing track of Brands Hatch set the scene of the 17th and 18th round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship. Of course Tom Coronel and his orange-black SEAT Leon, prepared by the British based GR-Asia team, were also present. Once again it was to be a close battle all through the weekend. SEAT Team Holland driver Tom Coronel took 13th place in the first race and ninth in the second. Normally these positions would not bring any points, however British driver Colin Turkington who finished ahead of Coronel in both races, was not eligible for points this weekend as his car complied to the regulations of the British Touring Car Championship which are slightly different to the FIA WTCC.

"I knew beforehand that it would be a difficult weekend", Tom said. We have quite a bit of extra weight in the car and on a track like Brands Hatch with a lot of up and down sections it cost you dearly. I must say I was a bit surprised with my qualifying time. It was better than I expected, but still we were in 16th position. But on the other hand we were 69/100th of a second behind on the pole time, that shows you how competitive the WTCC is!

At the start of the first race I was able to keep up with the rest and I was focussed on all the action around me. On the straight it was still OK but at the first corner the first victim fell and more would follow before the first lap was over. Fortunately I managed to get around all of it an keep my car clean from any damage. The remainder of the race did not bring much action for me, so all I could do is bring the car home and wait for the others to fall off.

For the second race I had a good start, although the BMW's are always a bit quicker at the standing start. I had several good fights and managed to gain some positions. Then I was behind Jorg Muller and when he passed James Thompson I tried to follow him, but it did not work out. At that stage I could really feel that bit of extra weight that we have to carry. This was really the maximum result we could get out of this weekend. It was a matter of driving contstantly, and using your brain constantly. This brought us another championship point, one we did not count on beforehand. So all in all I am proud an satisfied with the results we achieved this weekend. Furthermore it is nice to notice that we were the fastest non-diesel SEAT runners in the second race

The participation of Tom Coronel in the FIA WTCC is made possible by our partners: SEAT importer Pon Car, McGregor, ATP The Advanced Travel Partner, Auto Trader, TW Steel watches, Wielengids.nl, Vakantiegoed.nl and Hertz.

-credit: tomcoronel.nl

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tom Coronel , Jorg Muller , James Thompson , Colin Turkington