15th place in qualifying for Tom Coronel at Zandvoort For SEAT Team Holland driver Tom Coronel the action has to come on Sunday. After a promising start on Friday Tom ended the first practice session on the Saturday in 3rd place. However Coronel...
15th place in qualifying for Tom Coronel at Zandvoort
For SEAT Team Holland driver Tom Coronel the action has to come on Sunday. After a promising start on Friday Tom ended the first practice session on the Saturday in 3rd place. However Coronel did not manage to maintain his fine form in qualifying. He dropped back to 15th place on the grid for Sunday's race.
While the morning sun was trying to beat the clouds, the first WTCC cars went out on the track for the second free practice session. Alain Menu was instantly quick. Tom Coronel was constantly in the top ten, as he was yesterday. "After the session on Friday we made a lot of changes to the car. Not only the springs and the dampers, but also the camber, wing position and we could even take out 10 kg of weight. Despite these improvements we were still lacking top speed. I just missed that extra bit of power that you need to be in the top 10 comfortably. I set my quick time towards the end of the session with two new front tyres. The combitation of new tyres, a car with slight understeer and a clean track is what you need to set a quick time. We managed to to it in free practice, but unfortunately we did not get it together in qualifying", Tom Coronel said.
"We did not make any changes to the car for qualifying, as we were happy with it. Right when the session started our Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende visited the circuit and focussed his attention on the Dutch drivers. He also came to SEAT Team Holland and spent some time with our GR Asia engineers at the pitwall. My teammanager Paul Ridgway had a lot of people around him while I was trying to set a quick time. Normally the time to do this is in the final 2 or 3 minutes of qualifying. Before that I was in the pits to get new tyres. When the team told me to get out on the track I found out that I was nearly on my own. The track was not clean enough and there was nobody to get a slipstream from. In a championship as close as the WTCC these things make the difference between P5 and P15. When I finished the second lap of my final run I saw everybody go out for a final attack. That was the moment be out with a new set of tyres, but mine were finished. I dropped down to 15th place. After qualifying Paul Ridgway apologized for the outcome of the session, but it was not really his fault. He just did not have the overview due to the large amount of people around him. It is really a shame, as a top 8 position was realistic today. Now I really have to fight forward in the race tomorrow. Maybe the weather will be a factor. Rain has been forecasted, but nobody knows exactly when it will come. I prefer to have it just before the race, as it will improve my chances dramatically. However I realise that I have to come from far this time. Anyway I have my work cut out for tomorrow", Tom Coronel said.
Tomorrow at 9:30 the cars will be back in action for the warm-up. At 12:00 the first race will be started, while the second one will begin at 15:30. Of course you can see it all live on Eurosport TV. Dutch broadcaster RTL 7 will show the second race live with of course a lot of focus on Tom Coronel and SEAT Team Holland with their story so far.