Coronel targets podiums with Leon TDi

Tom Coronel targets regular podium finishes with a SEAT Leon TDi during the 2010 WTCC season
Reigning Independents Champion Tom Coronel says outright podiums are the aim for the 2010 World Touring Car Championship season following the announcement that he will switch to a SEAT Leon TDi for the new campaign.

Coronel, who won the title for the second time last year, will remain with SUNRED Engineering for the season ahead but will move up to the diesel-powered machine after the withdrawal of the factory team made the Leon TDi available to privateer teams.

"I always said that I wanted to have a diesel car,” Coronel said. “At last I managed to get one. With this car we can fight for podium places on a regular basis.

"It is fantastic to have the same car that won the World Championship. This is the chance I was waiting for, it can't be better, can it?"

Coronel added that he was delighted to extend his relationship with SUNRED into another season, with the team benefitting from close ties to SEAT for the season ahead.

"Over the last two years we have developed a great relationship and I really feel at home here,” he said. “Of course the team has close ties with SEAT Sport and the workshop is just around the corner. This makes a collaboration more efficient."

SUNRED has already signed former European Touring Car Cup winner Michel Nykjaer for the season ahead, with the rumour mill suggesting that the team could also be the most likely destination for 2009 title winner Gabriele Tarquini.

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Tom Coronel switches to a diesel SEAT for 2010 [Pic credit:]
Tom Chilton, Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen [Credit: XPB]
Tom Coronel, Roal Chevrolet [Credit: WTCC media]
Gabriele Tarquini, Lada, Moscow [Credit: WTCC media]
Tom Coronel - ROAL Chevrolet Cruze
Gabriele Tarquini - LADA Vesta TC1
Gabriele Tarquini - Lada Sport Vesta   [pic credit: FIA WTCC media/Alexandre Guillaumot]
Tom Chilton, Seb Loeb Racing, WTCC [Credit: WTCC]
Gabriele Tarquini - Castrol Honda Civic [credit: FIA WTCC]
Gabriele Tarquini - Castrol Honda Civic [credit: FIA WTCC]
Gabriele Tarquini (ITA), Castrol Honda, WTCC [Credit: Castrol Honda PR]
Tom Coronel - ROAL Chevrolet
Tom Coronel - ROAL Chevrolet
Tom Chilton - ROAL Chevrolet
Tom Chilton - ROAL Chevrolet
Gabriele Tarquini - Honda Racing [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Gabriele Tarquini - Honda Racing [pic credit: FIA WTCC]

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