19 April 2014
France: TV role confirms Coronel absence
Tom Coronel will be on the other side of the microphone as round two of the WTCC kicks off at Paul Ricard this weekend.
Tom Coronel will definitely not race at this weekend's Paul Ricard round of the WTCC championship, having confirmed himself in another role for the event.
The damage to Coronel's ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze resulting from an accident in Marrakech last weekend is so severe that the car will not be ready in time for rounds three and four of the 2014 series, but there will be no time for the Dutchman to get bored as he shares live TV duties for the WTCC races in a new career as co-commentator for Eurosport International.
Last Sunday's second race lasted just a few seconds for Coronel as extensive contact with Honda driver Mehdi Bennani, followed by a firm final push, resulted in the front of the ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze running into the wall along the straight of the Moulay El Hassan circuit, first on the left side followed by the right.
"Those two crashes already caused my car to be shortened on the front end quite a lot, but because Yvan Muller could not avoid me anymore when I bounced back from the wall, my rear end also disappeared,” the veteran reported, “Fortunately, I didn't get injured myself, but the damage to the car is massive, adding up to around €200,000, causing quite a dent in my budget for this year.
“On top of that, the body structure was damaged, so we need a new one. Because of the very limited time between the two race weekends, we are not able to repair the car in time, meaning I will definitely not start in France. My next race will be at the Hungaroring at the beginning of May."
Although he will not race in France, Coronel will be involved in the WTCC weekend at Paul Ricard, having taken on a completely new role.
"Immediately after my return from Marrakech, I was asked by Eurosport to act as co-commentator next to Martin Haven this weekend, doing the live report for the two races for Eurosport International,” he explained, “In Marrakech, and also on an occasion last year, I reported live from inside my car for Eurosport in the race preview during the warm-up lap, and it seems Eurosport liked the way I did that because now they offered me the chance to still take part in this WTCC weekend, albeit in a role on the sideline."
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