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A strong comeback for Tom Coronel after starting problem in first FIA WTCC race Italy

Gepubliceerd op 30 April 2017


A strong comeback for Tom Coronel after starting problem in first FIA WTCC race Italy">

 

Terugkijkend op het weekend kwam Tom Coronel tot de volgende constatering: “Tijdens de vrije trainingen liep alles naar wens. De auto voelde goed aan, was constant en ik had het naar mijn zin. In de kwalificatie moest ik er echt voor rijden om die tiende plek te pakken. Dat lukte redelijk en ik stond negende. Pas in de laatste minuut ging de nummer tien een fractie sneller en viel ik terug naar plek 10. Ik weet het klinkt wat vreemd, maar in de omgekeerde startvolgorde is dit wat je wilt. Verder is het natuurlijk voor mijn sponsor DHL leuk dat ik op de door hun gesponsorde Pole Position sta. Verder sta je op de beste positie voor de race. Daar ging het mis. Het startsysteem van deze auto is een verhaal op zich en als dat niet goed loopt wordt het een drama. Dat is wat er gebeurde. Op het moment dat het moest bokte de motor en dan verlies je direct veel plaatsen. Balen dat het gebeurt en iets om toch nog meer aandacht aan te schenken. Daarna heb ik een lekkere race gereden en ben met mooie gevechten goed teruggekomen tot een zesde plaats.”
Hij vervolgt: “In race twee kwam ik wel wat beter weg, maar startte als tiende. Echt aanvallen was er niet bij, want al snel was er een probleem met de splitter aan de voorkant. Ik had veel last van onderstuur en deed er alles aan om te overleven. Nog een momentje in Lesmo 2, waarbij ik even helemaal naast de baan terechtkwam, maar ik kon wel verder. Meer dan een elfde plaats zat er niet in. Dus ben ik tevreden met de behaalde punten en kijk uit naar de volgende races in Hongarije. Daar heb ik  goede herinneringen liggen. Laten we hopen dat we daar een vervolg aan kunnen geven.”

 

 

Uitslag Opening Race 1 Monza:
1. Tom Chilton (GBr) 9 ronden:
2. Robert Huff (GBr) op 0,329 beiden met Citroen C-Elysée;
3. Tiago Monteiro (Por) Honda Civic op 2,630;
4. Thed Björk (Zwe) Volvo S60 Polestar op 6,793;
5. Esteban Guerrieri (Arg) Campos Chevrolet RML Cruze op 6,899 en
6. Tom Coronel (Ned) ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze op 11,100.

 

 

Race 2 (Main Race):
1. Thed Björk (Zwe) Volvo S60 Polestar 12 ronden;
2. Tiago Monteiro (Por) Honda Civic op 2,174;
3. Rob Huff (GBr) Citroen C-Elysée op 2,779;
4. Nick Catsburg (Ned) op 3,269;
5. Nestor Girolami (Arg) op 6,180 beiden Volvo S60 Polestar en
11. Tom Coronel (Ned) Roal Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze  op 12,836.Monza, 30 April, 2017 – The second round of the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship took place at the fast and renowned Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in Italy. In qualifying, everything fell into place for Tom Coronel and ROAL Motorsport. At the moment when it mattered, the 45-year-old Dutchman managed to qualify in tenth place. In the reversed starting grid order for the opening race, that meant the DHL Pole Position, given the circumstances the best possible result for Coronel.

 

 

At the start of the formation lap, Tom Coronel had a poor getaway with his Chevrolet Cruze, but still got going in time to be allowed to take his pole position. After the starting lights went out, the yellow car again had difficulties in getting going and the Dutchman joined the field well down the order in twelfth place as a result. What was left for him was a thrilling battle with Yann Ehrlacher, John Filippi and, at the end of the race, also with Volvo driver Nicky Catsburg, who had dropped back. At the finish, Coronel saw his competitive efforts rewarded with an excellent sixth place.

In the main race, Tom Coronel had a better start and stayed around his tenth grid position. This time, he battled with Honda works driver Michigami and, once again, with John Filippi. After a brief safety car intervention halfway through the race, Tom Coronel continued his battle. A broken front splitter was making life difficult for him and an excursion in the second Lesmo made him loss one place to John Filippi. In both races, Tom Coronel at least scored valuable points for the WTCC Trophy. In the WTCC drivers’ standings, he is now tenth with 16 points.

 

Looking back upon the weekend, Tom Coronel reported: “In the free practice sessions, everything went well. The handling of the car was good and I felt comfortable. In qualifying, I really had to make an effort to get that tenth place. That went reasonably well and I was ninth. Only in the final minute, the driver in tenth place went slightly faster and I dropped to tenth. I realise that it sounds a bit strange, but that is what you want for the reversed starting grid. Moreover, it was also nice for my sponsor DHL that I was on the pole position that is sponsored by them. It is also the best grid position for the race, but that was where things started to go wrong. The starting system of our car is a story in itself. When that doesn’t work well, it is a nightmare. And that is what happened. At the moment when it counted, the engine played up and then you immediately drop back many places. Really annoying and definitely something we will have to work on. After that, I drove a nice race and made a good comeback with some spirited battles to finish sixth.”

 

He continues: “In race two, I had a slightly better getaway, but I started tenth. I didn’t really have a chance to attack, because I soon had a problem with the front splitter. I had a lot of understeer and did everything to survive. Another moment in Lesmo 2, where I completely went off the track, but was still able to continue. Eleventh place was all I could do, so I am happy with the points I have scored and I am now looking forward to the next races in Hungary. I have good memories of that place, so let’s hope that we can add some more there.”

Result Opening Race 1 Monza:
1. Tom Chilton (GBr) 9 laps:
2. Robert Huff (GBr) +0.329, both Citroën C-Elysée;
3. Tiago Monteiro (Por) Honda Civic +2.630;
4. Thed Björk (Zwe) Volvo S60 Polestar +6.793;
5. Esteban Guerrieri (Arg) Campos Chevrolet RML Cruze +6.899 and
6. Tom Coronel (Ned) ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze +11.100.

Race 2 (Main Race):
1. Thed Björk (Zwe) Volvo S60 Polestar 12 laps;
2. Tiago Monteiro (Por) Honda Civic +2.174;
3. Rob Huff (GBr) Citroën C-Elysée +2.779;
4. Nick Catsburg (Ned) +3,269;
5. Nestor Girolami (Arg) +6,180 both Volvo S60 Polestar and 11. Tom Coronel (Ned) ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze +12.836.



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