Team AON Ford driver Tom Chilton has not surprisingly been hit with a five-place grid penalty for his role in the collision with Franz Engstler during yesterday’s World Touring Car Championship qualifying session at the Salzburgring.
The Englishman completely missed his braking point at Turn 5 in the final minutes of the opening twenty-minute leg of qualifying, cannoning into the back of Engstler’s BMW, destroying both drivers’ hopes of making the next phase of what turned out to be a closely-fought qualifying session.
Chilton immediately admitted fault and apologised to Engstler for hitting him, and it was simply a matter of course that the Stewards would penalise him. With Chilton qualifying 19th-fastest out of the 21 runners, his demotion moves him to the back of the grid.
On the flipside, our friend Tom Coronel enjoyed a much more positive qualifying session following difficult Saturday outings at the previous rounds at the Slovakiaring and Hungaroring.
With the second race’s grid positions reversed for the top-ten qualifiers, Coronel will start from the front row and will no doubt rely on his customary fast starts to take an early lead in Race 2.
Let’s have a look at his qualifying highlights, which he shares with us here: