Puzzled Coronel reveals WTCC Race of Japan woes
Privateer Tom Coronel’s double non-points score at FIA WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan last weekend left him feeling “puzzled”.
Dutchman Coronel lived in Japan during his earlier career and hoped for a strong showing on his return to Twin Ring Motegi, where he secured the country's Formula 3 title 20 years ago.
However, set-up issues hampered the ROAL Motorsport driver’s progress during the rain-hit World Touring Car Championship event and caused considerable frustration.
"I am really puzzled,” said Coronel. “Of course, these conditions were special in every way and something I have never experienced before. With more water on the track, however, we are unable to get things done the right way. I had no grip from the front wheels whatsoever and I was aquaplaning all the time.
“Together with the team, we really have tried everything related to the set-up, but we just can’t get it done. In the Opening Race, that became apparent straight away. I really had the impression that I was in a different class. I was seconds down, there was just no way to get the car to turn. I have never, ever driven a car with such terrible handling.
“In the Main Race, there was even more rain falling down and to make things even worse, the power-steering failed on the second lap. It was a real struggle and I was glad that the race was red-flagged, something really unusual for me.”