After Gabriele Tarquini claimed a lights-to-flag victory in today’s opening World Touring Car Championship race at the Slovakia Ring, this time it was the turn of Tom Coronel, who broke through to claim BMW’s first win of the 2013 season.
Starting from the reverse-grid pole position, the Dutchman blasted off the line and was never challenged en route to an emotional win for the ROAL Motorsport team.
Behind him, however, it was action aplenty.
The drama started as soon as the lights went out, with Michel Nykjær stalling his NIKA Chevrolet and somehow managing to avoid being collected by the accelerating cars behind.
While Coronel stoked his way to victory, the main focus of the huge crowd was a ferocious battle for second place. The SEATs of Pepe Oriola and Rob Huff each tooks turns in second place, until mistakes from both proved enough to promote Yvan Muller and Gabriele Tarquini into the podium positions, ensuring three different manufacturers occupied the top-three positions in Race 2.
Huff managed to defend fourth place from the Honda of Tiago Monteiro, while Oriola did likewise against Tom Chilton to finish in sixth place. The top-ten was completed by Alex MacDowall, Mehdi Bennani and Coronel’s teammate Darryl O’Young, whose BMW had miraculously been rebuilt after an all-night repair job on his battered car, which sustained enormous damage in his qualifying accident on Saturday.
The battle for championship honours still sees Muller out in front, albeit on a reduced points margin to new second-placed runner, Tarquini, who lies 24 points behind the Frenchman.
The field now has a tight turnaround to repair and prepare the cars for the fourth leg of the 2013 season, which takes place next weekend at the Hungaroring.
2013 FIA WTCC Race of Slovakia – Race 2 Final Classification (10 laps):
|1.||Tom Coronel||ROAL Motorsport BMW 320TC||22:26.224|
|2.||Yvan Muller||RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||+ 2.990|
|3.||Gabriele Tarquini||Castrol Honda Civic WTCC||+ 3.345|
|4.||Robert Huff||Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC||+ 4.954|
|5.||Tiago Monteiro||Castrol Honda Civic WTCC||+ 5.222|
|6.||Pepe Oriola||Tuenti Racing Team SEAT León WTCC||+ 11.365||Y|
|7.||Tim Chilton||RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||+ 11.625|
|8.||Alex MacDowall||Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||+ 11.816||Y|
|9.||Mehdi Bennani||Scuderia Proteam BMW 320TC||+ 12.265||Y|
|10.||Darryl O’Young||ROAL Motorsport BMW 320TC||+ 12.498||Y|
|11.||Stefano D’Aste||PB Sport BMW 320TC||+ 12.827||Y|
|12.||Michel Nykjær||NIKA Racing Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||+ 13.678||Y|
|13.||Fredy Barth||Wiechers-Sport BMW 320TC||+ 14.651||Y|
|14.||James Thompson||LADA Sport Granta||+ 18.518|
|15.||Marc Basseng||Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC||+ 19.887|
|16.||Fernando Monje||Campos Racing Team SEAT León WTCC||+ 20.246||Y|
|17.||James Nash||Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||+ 22.418||Y|
|18.||Tom Boardman||Special Tune Racing SEAT León WTCC||+ 31.643||Y|
|19.||René Münnich||Münnich Motorsport SEAT León WTCC||+ 32.076||Y|
|20.||Mikhail Kozlowskiy||LADA Sport Granta||+ 35.472|
|21.||Norbert Michelisz||Zengõ Motorsport Honda Civic WTCC||+ 54.663|
|DNF.||Charles Ka-Ki Ng||Liqui Moly Engstler BMW 320TC||4 laps||Y|
|DNF.||Franz Engstler||Liqui Moly Engstler BMW 320TC||2 laps||Y|
“Y” denotes Yokohama Independent Trophy competitor.