Istanbul: Tom Coronel race one, two notes

Bad luck for Tom Coronel in Istanbul Tom Coronel was looking forward to the WTCC races at Istanbul. A beautiful new track full of challenges for the SEAT Team Holland driver. After the previous round the engine of the GR Asia prepared SEAT ...

Bad luck for Tom Coronel in Istanbul

Tom Coronel was looking forward to the WTCC races at Istanbul. A beautiful new track full of challenges for the SEAT Team Holland driver.

After the previous round the engine of the GR Asia prepared SEAT Toledo Cupra needed to be revised and just like in Formula 1 these days you will be put back ten places on the grid. Coronel decided not to bother about qualifying too much. In stead he did just one lap in order to save his tyres for the race.

"This strategy really worked out well", Tom said. "From the first lap on I was flying. I moved up from the back of the grid to twelfth, and more important for me, ahead of my opponents for the Michelin Independents Trophy. Only Carl Rosenblatt was ahead of me in the privateers battle, so I was really satisfied with the situation. I the race would have ended at that moment I would be only one point behind Marc Hennerici, the leader of the Independents Trophy Standings.

"With some more to come in the second race who knows what could have happened. But it was not to be . My engine started to lose power. I had to let the others go and abandon the race. As I always say 'That's Racing', but it is always hard to accept when it happens.

"At the next race in Valencia we will have the same handicap again. The engine will have to go out again, so I will be demoted by ten places on the grid again. On SEAT's home ground this is not what we want and, more important, it is a lot harder to overtake at Valencia. So things are not looking too bright for us, but we have survived tougher battles in the past. We just have to go for it in Spain, and that is exactly what we will do", Tom Coronel said.

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tom Coronel , Marc Hennerici