10 December 2013
Coronel enjoys DTM test
Tom Coronel enjoys a test in BMW's DTM machine in Spain as prize for winning top privateer award
Tom Coronel had enjoyed a test in BMW's DTM car as a reward for securing the 2013 BMW Sports Trophy.
The Dutchman picked up the award, for privateer drivers competing in BMW machinery, during the annual BMW prize giving ceremony in Germany, where he received a cheque for 30,000 Euros.
As part of his prize, Coronel also took part in a test at the wheel of the BMW M3 DTM at the Jerez circuit in Spain, which was held in secret ahead of the announcement that he had taken the honour.
Coronel is currently evaluating his options for the 2014 season, having competed with ROAL Motorsport in the WTCC during 2013.
"I had a unique experience when I was allowed to drive the BMW M3 DTM last week,” he said. “It was quite difficult, because it was a secret affair. I wasn't allowed to talk about it with anyone and everyone who knows me will understand that that wasn't easy for me. However, I managed and I can look back upon a fantastic test.
“With a team of top-level people, I was able to complete 49 laps, including two sets of fresh tires and all the support from the team that comes with such an event. It was a great experience, and it all went very well, too! My lap times were good and better than expected. I can't say too much about that, either, but the engineers were quite happy with the way the test went. Moreover, it is a fantastic car to drive, of course.
“From my point of view, the best way to compare it is with Japanese GT, Formula Nippon and the Le Mans Series in which I raced before. A car with an incredible amount of downforce. When you push the throttle, something is really happening. This experience was also on my bucket list and now, I have done it, too."
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