Tom Coronel is looking forward to Portimao Portimao, July 2nd, 2010 - Following the successful premiere of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at Zolder in Belgium, where 23,000 spectators came to watch the races, this weekend (July...
Tom Coronel is looking forward to Portimao
Portimao, July 2nd, 2010 - Following the successful premiere of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at Zolder in Belgium, where 23,000 spectators came to watch the races, this weekend (July 2nd till 4th) yet another new circuit is on the calendar of the top-level global touring car series: the 'Autodromo Internacional Algarve' at Portimao in Portugal. Tom Coronel, who is competing in this year's WTCC with a SEAT Leon TDI in the livery of McGregor and TW Steel, is looking forward to the event: "Portimao is a great new circuit in a beautiful surrounding and I think that we can do well there with our SEAT Leon TDI."
The 4,654 kilometres long circuit of Portimao on the coast in the south of Portugal was opened last year. In its first season, the circuit already hosted various international events. Tom Coronel also raced there last year with the Le Mans Series. "That was a 1,000-kilometre race that started on Saturday evening and went into the night. Very nice," he recalls. "So I know the track quite well, and Portimao is a great circuit. The track is quite undulating and especially in the uphill parts, we can benefit from our car's superior torque."
Tom Coronel is very relaxed prior to the Portimao race. "I left for Portugal a few days earlier, together with the family, to discover something of the local culture, as people say, or, to put it differently: have a few days of holiday. That is very nice after the past few weeks that have been extremely busy with the WTCC races, the 24-hour races of Nurburgring and Le Mans and a lot of business activities, too. Now, I am really looking forward to the upcoming races, starting with this weekend's event at Portimao!"
The races at the Portimao circuit will start on Sunday, July 4th, at 13.05 and 17.50 CET. The races are broadcast live on Eurosport.