International award for Tom Coronel Leusden, July 9th, 2010 - Racing driver Tom Coronel, competing in this year's FIA World Touring Car Championship with his SEAT Leon TDI in the livery of McGregor and TW Steel, has won a prestigious...
International award for Tom Coronel
Leusden, July 9th, 2010 - Racing driver Tom Coronel, competing in this year's FIA World Touring Car Championship with his SEAT Leon TDI in the livery of McGregor and TW Steel, has won a prestigious international award. The visitors of the Touring Car Times website (www.touringcartimes.com) have elected Coronel as the best independent driver of last year. In this election, visitors of the website had the possibility to chose from drivers in four highly regarded touring car series: next to the WTCC, also the German-based DTM, the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) and the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC).
In the election, Coronel received 49 percent of the votes in the category 'Best Independent Driver'. With this result, he has beaten British driver Colin Turkington, who won last year's BTCC championship title. Turkington scored 45 percent.
Coronel appreciates the value of this award: "This prize is a very special one because it is the public who decided. Everyone was able to vote on the website. And the public is our customer base, the people that we all are racing for. Without an audience, there would be no motor racing, it is that simple. And when these people acknowledge my achievements, it makes me a little bit proud indeed!"
Touring Car Times is a British-language website initiated in Sweden that has been covering international touring car racing since 1995. Next to separate categories for WTCC, DTM, BTCC and STCC, there is also coverage of North American touring car racing and the Australian V8 Supercars. For a few years, the people behind the website have been organising a poll for the 'Touring Car Times Awards' in various categories at the end of each season.