Tom Coronel will drive the #50 DHL Cupra TCR in the 2019 WTCR season
The Dutch touring car veteran Tom Coronel, who continuously competes in world’s major touring car competitions (ETCC, WTCC, WTCR) since 2001, will also be on the grid of the 2019 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup season.
Coronel confirmed today that he will drive the #50 Cupra TCR for Belgian team Comtoyou Racing, switching to Spanish car from Honda Civic Type R which he was driving last year. Coronel’s main partner/sponsor will be DHL and because of DHL’s 50th anniversary, Coronel puts the number 50 on his new car.
“I want to put DHL in the limelight, this seemed like a nice gesture to me. All the other sponsors from last year remained involved, so the rest of the car will also be a familiar sight for everyone. That can also be said about the second car, also yellow, to be driven by Aurelien Panis,” said the 46-year-old Coronel.
Of his prospects for 2019, Coronel said: “It should be possible to enjoy the occasional moment of fame. It will not be easy as many famous drivers from the past will be making their return. On the other hand, I have a lot of confidence in the car and in the team. With the early and thorough preparation, but also with one year of WTCR experience, it should be possible for me to compete for podium finishes. We have 10 race weekends with three races each to make it happen. Let’s hope we can steer clear from damage and can be competitive. I will fight for it, I am really eager.”
François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCR / OSCARO promoter, added: “Tom is part of the World Touring Car fabric and will be a very popular addition to the #WTCR2019SUPERGRID based on his huge fan following and media work. But he’s also extremely serious and passionate about racing and will put all his energy into making 2019 a better season than 2018.”
Earlier in a career, Coronel already raced with Spanish manufacturer Seat, from 2005 to 2010 in the WTCC. He was driving Seat Toledo Cupra in 2005, then switched to Seat Leon in 2006 and finally to Seat Leon TDI in 2010. Of other manufacturers in his rich touring car career, he spent six seasons with BMW, four seasons with Chevrolet and one season with Honda.