World Touring Car Championship driver Tom Coronel has revealed that he will join twin brother Tim in taking part in the 2009 Dakar Rally.
The Dakar will move to South America next year after the 2008 event was cancelled over safety concerns, with the Coronel twins set to join forces in a Bowler Nemisis run by the Dakarsport.com team.
“It is like learning how to race all over again,” Coronel said. “Everything in this car is different from what I drove in the past. Really, the car is moving all over the place. We are bouncing and jumping all the time. Even in a rocky WTCC race, I am not shaken as much as I am here. The only feeling that is close to circuit racing is the feeling of the traction. I am used to have as less wheelspin as possible.
“When I have wheelspin in my SEAT Leon I will just lose some speed, here in the Bowler I will bury the car in the sand and get stuck. Over all it is of course a big challenge and both Tim and I are very much looking forward to our unique challenge. I think a team of twin brothers in the Dakar event that share driving and navigation duties has never been done before.”