Zandvoort: Tom Coronel preview

Tom Coronel ready for Dutch WTCC event In a week time the second round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship will take place at Zandvoort. 35 year old Dutchman Tom Coronel will compete in his home race with the familiar orange and black SEAT...

Tom Coronel ready for Dutch WTCC event

In a week time the second round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship will take place at Zandvoort. 35 year old Dutchman Tom Coronel will compete in his home race with the familiar orange and black SEAT Team Holland Leon. After a promising start to the season Coronel is confident to repeat the solid points finishes from Brazil in Zandvoort next weekend. On Sunday 6 May two races of each twelve laps will be contested in the Dutch Dunes.

"Out of all competitors I drove by far the most laps at Zandvoort. It is my home circuit, which also brings some obligations with it", Tom Coronel says. "On the other hand there are so many other factors that can influence the race. Just imagine the weather. Should there be rain just before the start of the race my chances on a podium finish will be much higher than they are with the summer-like weather we have now. However whatever the weather will be I know that driving for your home crowd will give you a mega boost. I experienced it when I won the Marlboro Masters of Formula 3 here at Zandvoort. The outcome of the first race will depend strongly on the qualifying results. When you are up front you have a good chance of doing well. The starting grid of the second race is determined by the result of the first race, with the top 8 finishers starting in reverse order. In other words, when you finish in eighth place in the first race you will start from pole in the second. This gives you a good chance to fight for a podium place. It is my goal to score at least one podium finish. An overall podium that is as I am no longer competing in the Independents. After winning this title in 2006 it was no longer possible to compete in the privateer championship, so I have to fight with the best drivers that the works teams have on offer in the championship. It is quite a challenge, but I am up to it, despite not driving for a works team. Our SEAT Leon that is excellently prepared by the GR-Asia team is technically nearly equal to the factory backed cars however. In Brazil we did quite well by finishing as the second and third best SEAT!

Tom Coronel is hoping for a large Dutch support. "The FIA WTCC is a World Championship in which two races of each twelve laps make up the results. You have to be up there right from the word go, no matter if you have a rolling or a standing start. There is just no way to sit back and wait for your chance to come, because it will be too late then. This also causes some chances to be created, which can end up in tears quite easily. That's part of the game and this also makes the races spectacular and attractive, not only for the crowd, but also for the drivers".

Ticket sales for the FIA WTCC are in full swing already. They can be ordered at Ticketbox, with prices varying between 10 and 50 Euro. Next Friday the cars will have their first outing on the track, with further practice sessions on Saturday and the two races on Sunday.

-credit: coronel.nl

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