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In 2016, Tom Coronel will again be participating in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). After a long and uncertain time of preparation, the Dutch driver is now in a position to announce that he will be competing for another year at the highest level in touring car racing together with Italian team, ROAL Motorsport. In 2016, Coronel will again be racing a Chevrolet Cruze in the yellow colours of DHL. The car is currently being prepared to the latest specifications to be on the grid in France for the start of the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship season.
For the 2016 season, some changes in the regulations were announced. Thus, the handicap weights will be determined after every race weekend and the weights can add up to a maximum of 80 kilograms. "That was 60 kilograms in the past, determined after every three events," Tom Coronel says. "So now, it is done quicker, which certainly enhances our chances as privateer drivers. The reversed grid remains in place, but now for the first race. That is something that is making me happy as well. In qualifying, we always aimed at a position somewhere around ninth or tenth place to claim a grid position on the front row for the second race. But then, you always had to survive the first race to be able to take part in the second race without any damage. Now, that has changed, too and that certainly is giving us more chances to score points."
Tom Coronel adds: "I know all the circuits we are visiting this year. I am particularly looking forward to the races on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, Vila Real in Portugal and Hungary. These are circuits where I have scored nice results. Now, let's get the car ready for the two days of testing as quickly as possible. Then I can say which position we are in. In spite of the late announcement of the plans, everything looks very well for this year. I, or I better say we, are looking forward to it!"
A new name on the yellow-red-black livery of the Cruze is the one of Eurol Lubricants. Tom Coronel: "They provide the lubricants and several other important fluids. We have had a longer relationship with Eurol through our participation in the Dakar rally and I know that their lubricants work very well in tough conditions. In recent times, the company has grown massively, also at international level, and is also present in all countries in which we are racing with the FIA WTCC, so together, we can make it a situation of mutual benefits and therefore, I am delighted with this new sponsor. Other new companies to have decided in favour of our concept are Tricorp Workwear, Farmlight lampoil and ASC Group." Next to DHL, the yellow colour on the Cruze also suits perfectly for ERU Prestige cheese, with its particular design on Tom Coronel's helmet and the message 'Eat My Cheese' on the bumpers of the car. Other loyal partners are TW Steel -big in oversized watches-, Equinix, Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma, 4.Brands (formerly known as De Wild), Lesonal, Allsecur, Playseat, Intrax, Super-B, RSII Advan Racing and CM sms service.
2016 FIA WTCC calendar:
01:WTCC Race of France (Paul Ricard), 1-3 April
02:WTCC Race of Slovakia (Slovakia Ring) 15-17 April
03:WTCC Race of Hungary (Hungaroring), 22-24 April
04:WTCC Race of Morocco (Moulay El Hassan), 6-8 May
05:WTCC Race of Germany (Nürburgring Nordschleife), 26-28 May
06:WTCC Race of Russia (Moscow Raceway), 10-12 June
07:WTCC Race of Portugal (Vila Real), 24-26 June
08:WTCC Race of Argentina (Termas de Río Hondo), 6-7 August
09:WTCC Race of Japan (Motegi), 3-4 September
10:WTCC Race of China (Shanghai), 24-25 September
11:WTCC Race of Thailand (Buriram), 5-6 November
12:WTCC Race of Qatar (Losail), 24 – 25 November
In his campaign in the 2016 FIA WTCC, Tom Coronel is supported by: DHL, Eurol Lubricants, Tricorp Worwear,Farmlight Lampoil, TW Steel -big in oversized watches-, ERU Prestige, Equinix, Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma, 4.Brands, Lesonal, Allsecur, ASC Group, Playseat, Intrax, Super-B, RSII Advan Racing and CM.
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