Coronel is confident for Morocco

"I was the fastest BMW in the first race"

By Franck Drui

27 March 2013 - 13:41
Coronel is confident for Morocco

At the wheel of his ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC, Tom Coronel had a difficult weekend at Monza. During Saturday’s qualifying session he missed the cut for Q2.

“In Q1 I locked up and couldn’t use the best of my tyres. At my second attempt, the red flag was out quickly, so it was all or nothing in my final outing. At Monza, you need a slipstream, otherwise you are tenths of seconds down on the others. I thought I had found that slipstream from James Nash, but he pulled into the pits when I started my lap. Thus, I couldn’t do any better,” the Dutchman explained.

Starting 14th in both races on a soaked track affected his final results, however he was able to finish 9th in Race 1 and 11th in Race 2, scoring two points.

“The heavy rain in the races was the reason why the front-wheel driven cars did better. They managed to get the tyres to the right temperature quicker than the rear-wheel driven cars. Visibility was poor and we were constantly driving in the spray of the drivers in front of us. I was the fastest BMW in the first race. Nevertheless, I decided to change the set-up between the two races. That helped and I was one and a half second faster. We surely have some work to do, but we know that we are allowed to use carbon fibre doors after two rounds, which saves us 20 kilograms, and every little bit counts. Now, we are heading for Morocco with full confidence!”



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