Tom Coronel wants to be back on the podium at Oschersleben Oschersleben, September 4th, 2010 - After the summer break in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), the final and decisive stage of the season starts at the German circuit of ...
Tom Coronel wants to be back on the podium at Oschersleben
Oschersleben, September 4th, 2010 - After the summer break in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), the final and decisive stage of the season starts at the German circuit of Oschersleben this weekend. "From now on, things are going quickly: after this one, there are only three events left, at Valencia, Okayama and Macau," says Tom Coronel, who is competing with the SEAT Leon TDI in the colours of McGregor and TW Steel. "But first, it is Oscherleben, a circuit where things went pretty well for me the last few years. As far as I am concerned, it can be a podium finish again."
The Oschersleben circuit is located halfway between Hanover and Berlin near Magdeburg in the former DDR. The circuit, officially called 'Motorsport Arena Oschersleben', was opened in 1997. It is one of the tracks to have hosted the WTCC every year since the series was revived in 2005. "Oschersleben is a rather technical circuit," says Tom Coronel. "Overtaking is quite difficult there and there usually is a lot of turmoil in the first corner, so a good result in qualifying and a good grid position are all the more important, because they are the best way to stay out of trouble. I definitely don't want anything like in Brno again, where I was hit right after the start and had to retire."
In 2008, Coronel finished second at Oschersleben and last year, he was classified fourth. "The circuit suits me. The area is not really spectacular, but it is a nice thing that I can just drive there by car. Usually, there are also numerous fans and friends coming to the circuit," he says. "With our diesel cars, the chicanes are particularly important. During changes of direction, it is crucial to keep the car in control in order to carry enough speed with you. I am looking forward to this weekend!"
The races at the Oschersleben circuit will be held on Sunday, September 5th, at 13.05 h and 15.20 h CET. The races are broadcast live on Eurosport.