Mixed fortunes for Tom Coronel at Imola The fourth weekend of the World Touring Car Championship 2005 did not bring the results Tom Coronel hoped for beforehand. After starting from the pits in the first race the Dutchman ...
Mixed fortunes for Tom Coronel at Imola
The fourth weekend of the World Touring Car Championship 2005 did not bring the results Tom Coronel hoped for beforehand. After starting from the pits in the first race the Dutchman ended the first race in 18th place. With this result the Seat Team Holland driver came home third of the Independent runners. In his GR-Asia prepared Seat Toledo Cupra Coronel failed to finish the second race of the day. After one third of the race distance Coronel had to park his car with suspension failure. Tom Coronel is now sharing fourth place in the Michelin Independents Trophy with his teammate Valle Makela. Both are on 27 points. His finish teammate was replaced this race, as he will be on the next round, by Mexican Carlos Mastretta. The next round will take place at his home track Puebla. The FIA WTCC races brought victory for Fabrizio Giovanardi (Alfa) and Dirk Muller (BMW).
Tom Coronel had a troublesome weekend at his favoured track Imola. "We could not find a goof balance in the car", Tom said. From the first practice session on we had problems exiting the corners. Especially at places where you want to use the kerbstones it was hard to get enough traction. The cause of this problem was in the shock absorbers. The type we had did not have the right in- and outgoing movement for us. Unfortunately neither we nor the factory Seat Sport team did not have any other types available. Within the possibilities we had we tried to maximize our performance. All in all the car was not too bad in free practice I was quite satisfied and was even a bit surprised to be up to 12th place and best of the privateers. Our fortunes were much different in qualifying. We were down in 21th place, strange but true. The first race I started from the pitlane, as the starter engine failed at the final moment. From that moment I just started to catch the drivers ahead of me one by one. In the end I was 18th overall and third in the privateer ranking", the SEAT Holland driver said.
The second race was started under even hotter conditions than the first race. "Outside it was at least 35 degrees and inside even more", Tom explains. Despite his efforts to stay ahead of the BMWs that started behind him he had to let them go after some laps. "The rear wheel driven cars had a definite advantage at the start, but after that it was my turn to attack. It was going quite well until something broke in the left front wheel suspension. It made an unexpected end to my race due to mechanical problems. It is a part of racing, but it is still hard to accept!", the SEAT Team Holland driver said.
After Imola the WTCC will travel to Peubla in Mexico on 26 June. Tom Coronel is supported in the WTCC by SEAT-Pon car, BBS, McGregor and Splitfire Sparkplugs.