Tom Coronel has extended his cooperation with Comtoyou Racing and will switch from Cupra to Audi for the 2020 World Touring Car Cup season.
“For me, racing with the same team for a longer time is important,” said Coronel.
“Last year, Comtoyou and me was a good match. Co-operation was pleasant for both sides and now we have made the switch to Audi. The team also has experience with this brand.”
The 47-year-old finished 22nd overall last year when driving a Cupra TCR for the team and has gotten his first taste of the Audi RS 3 LMS during the Goodyear WTCR tyre test earlier this year.
“Technically, the Audi has many similarities to the Cupra I raced last year, but the RS 3 really surprised me during my first tests in Spain with the Goodyear tyres that are new for this year. It is different in several aspects and that gives me a good feeling. We also know already that we will be doing some further testing prior to the first race weekend to fine-tune the car,” said Coronel.
Coronel will carry the number 31 on his car this season, highlighting his 31st season in racing.
“I sat down with a few people to analyse my history in racing,” said Coronel. “When you take into account the series that preceded the current WTCR [ETCC, WTCC], my race with the Carly Motors BMW at Estoril and the European TCR races, it adds up to 413 races. There is nobody else to have been racing in this championship for so long
“When you also add my other touring car races, like the ones with the Citroën AX, the BMW in the Dutch Touring Car Championship and more, the total is 484 races. With 20 WTCR races scheduled for the upcoming season, my total will exceed 500 touring car races this year. A unique feat that we will be celebrating accordingly!”