The deal means Coronel returns to the BMW fold after six seasons spent piloting SEATs – he last raced a BMW in the European Touring Car Championship – and will see the Dutchman return to competing in the Independents’ Trophy championship, where he is a two-time title winner.
The Italian-run BMW Italia-Spain squad left the WTCC at the end of 2009 when BMW opted to reduce its manufacturer-backed support in the championship, and it headed to the Italian Superstars Series, winning the 2010 title with Thomas Biagi.
“The comeback in FIA WTCC, alongside the commitment in the Superstars Series, will constitute a rich sportive programme that makes ROAL Motorsport the only team present in both the two most important touring car international championships,” added team boss Robert Ravaglia.
“"Lately, we worked hard on the organization of all human and technical resources within the team to guarantee the maximum autonomy to both activities and the contribution of a fast and well experienced driver like Tom Coronel will be a further added value for the team.”
Ravaglia added that his outfit would be aiming to compete with the works’ SEAT and Chevrolet entries in 2011.
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