Tom Coronel will start his 17th season of FIA World Touring Car Racing and his 33rd in motorsport when he will contest the 2022 WTCR − FIA World Touring Car Cup with a track that is very popular in his native Netherlands.
Since 2019, Coronel has linked his race number to the number of seasons he has driven behind the wheel, reaching #30 that year for his WTCR campaign. While his choice of #33 for 2022 was clear, it also gives the recently 50-year-old the chance to remember one of his country’s greatest sporting moments, as it is the race number Max Verstappen used to win the FIA Formula One World Championship to win. for 2021.
“I thought that if Max Verstappen doesn’t want number 33 this year because he can race number 1, I’d be happy to take it,” said Coronel, who will drive a Goodyear-equipped Audi RS 3 LMS for Comtoyou. DHL Team Audi Sport. “But 33 in combination with Audi is also good, because it is also René Rast’s starting number and he has already become DTM champion three times.”
Another busy year in store for Coronel
As well as pursuing further WTCR success alongside Comtoyou teammates Mehdi Bennani, Nathanaël Berthon and Gilles Magnus, Coronel – who started 2022 by competing with twin brother Tim in the Dakar Rally – will compete in the TCR Europe Series, also in a Comtoyou Audi. In addition, Coronel will tackle the Nürburgring Langstrecken-Series, which is based entirely on Germany’s legendary Nordschleife, the site of the second event of the upcoming WTCR season.
“I have been racing in the highest international touring car series from the start, so I’m happy that we succeeded again this year,” said Coronel. “With a doubles program it will be a very busy season, but I like that.
“My third place in Aragón [last year] was the very first podium finish for the new Audi, something I am indeed a little proud of. The goal for this year is to compete for the wins as well.”
Coronel enthusiastic about Pau ‘s return
Circuit de Pau-Ville in France will host the opening races of the fifth WTCR season from May 7-8. The challenging street circuit in the southwest of the country previously hosted the FIA World Touring Car Championship between 2007-2009, with Coronel taking the best eighth place in 2009. the WTCC in the past,” says Coronel.
DHL, Eurol Lubricants, Tricorp Workwear, ERU Prestige, Ireckonu, Business Data Challengers, Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma, Patina, Oranjedak, Intrax Suspension Technology, API-4-BRANDS, ASC Group, P1 Advanced Racewear, Australian Footwear, Super B, FEBO, CM and Copernica are supporting Coronel’s 2022 season.