Tom Coronel has revealed that he is to compete in the 2009 Le Mans Series alongside his commitments with the SUNRED Engineering team in the World Touring Car Championship.
With no date clashes between the two series', Coronel will rejoin the factory Spyker Squadron team for the upcoming campaign and will also make a return to the Le Mans 24 Hours for a ninth team if the Dutch carmaker secures an entry into the event.
"It all falls into place,” Coronel admitted. “There are no date clashes between the Le Mans Series and the FIA WTCC. Unfortunately the last two years this was the case, so I had to skip Le Mans as I was, and still am, committed to SEAT for a full season in the WTCC. I always regretted that I could not do Le Mans, as it is one of the biggest single races in the world. Le Mans is simply special. However despite being away from the Squadron for some time we always stayed in touch.
“Of course it helps a lot that I have known team manager Peter van Erp since the early start of my race career. So when the opportunity came along there was no doubt in taking up the chance to work together again.”
Coronel's last appearance for the team came at Silverstone last season when he stood in for Peter Dumbreck. No announcements have yet been made about other drivers for the programme.