The only Dutch figure on the FIA WTCC grid, Tom Coronel, took his third victory at the Race of Japan and victory number two of his and ROAL Motorsports 2013 campaign.

The victory comes at what the 'Flying Dutchman' sees as his second home, having spent several very successful years perfecting his sports car and Asian Formula craft, leading to the Formula Nippon title in 1999.

Coronel worked hard for the win and toughed it out with eventual runner-up, Mehdi Bennani for the top spot and after a couple of practice manoeuvres he finally perfected it with a third of the race left and from there on it was a case of bringing the BMW 320 TC to the flag for victory.

The former SEAT Holland driver spoke about his special relationship with Japan and his 'fast and clean' battle with Bennani.

"Japan has a very special place in my heart," A jubilant Coronel said. "I feel calm and comfortable here and this helps with the motivation to win.

"I live here for five years and drive for 50,000 kilometres at this track and I know every inch of it... Therefore, it's easy for me to choose the right set up for the race.

"I really enjoyed fighting with Bennani. He was driving fast and clean and we had a fair battle."

Tom moves from ninth in the championship to eighth at the expense of Pepe Oriola, who has failed to score in the past two events now and on 143 points, the ROAL Motorsport driver is in reach of a top six finish in the championship table, just 13 points adrift of Norbert Michlisz sitting in that position currently.

by Dexter Fielding


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