Coronel keeps pushing at Brno For the ninth and tenth round of the FIA WTCC Tom Coronel and SEAT Team Holland went down to Brno in the Czech Republic. The Automotodrom which is situated nearby the countries second largest city, has a length of...
Coronel keeps pushing at Brno
For the ninth and tenth round of the FIA WTCC Tom Coronel and SEAT Team Holland went down to Brno in the Czech Republic. The Automotodrom which is situated nearby the countries second largest city, has a length of 5,4 km and features not only a long straight, but also quite some height difference. After promising results in both free practice sessions Coronel was disappointed with his 16th place in qualifying. The warm up session brought a boost for the team however when Tom put his SEAT Leon in 6th position. Therefore Coronel started the first race of the day full of confidence. Unfortunately the Dutchman's race was over in the second corner when he was pushed off by Luca Rangoni. Coronel started the second race from the back of the field, but showed his perseverance to keep pushing and finish in eleventh place.
Despite the setback of the first race Tom was quite positive when he looked back on the weekend. "It started of very well with 8th and 10th fastest in free practise. Somehow we do not gain enough when we put on new tyres. For the third consecutive time now we are too far back on the grid, despite that we have the feeling that we are doing well. The competition is very close however, so it is just that final tenths and hundreds that we need to find. We really have to dig deep in the setup of the car with the GR-Asia engineers to get that extra bit of speed out of it. When we manage to do so we will be more up front and as a result the risk of being taken out by an over-enthusiastic colleague is less big. The risk is still there however as was demonstrated by frontrow starter Andy Priaulx who joined me at the back of the grid for the second race for the very same reasons as I. As you know by now my first race lasted only two corners. I had a very good start and managed to get around the spun cars at the first corner. Then I was hit hard by Rangoni when we were approaching the second corner. In stead of making the corner I was now in the gravel. I know it had happened to him before, but it is all a bit strange. He apologized with the excuse that he was hit by another car, however in the end I was the only victim and my race was over. The side of my SEAT Leon was damaged and the team decided that there was no point in continuing.
The second race was underway before I knew it. I could hardly see the lights changing but I just followed the guys ahead of me. I managed to join up with Any Priaulx and tried to move forward with him. This worked out pretty well and I was able to gain a lot of places. During the race I got some more understeer and at one stage I thought I had a puncture. Then I noticed that other drivers had the same problem, so I knew it had to do with the track. From the back of the field I managed to climb up to eleventh place, but we should do better than that. The gap to the top six is only a couple of seconds so we really have to work to close that gap and score some championship points in the next few races", Tom Coronel concluded.