World Touring Car Championship veteran Tom Coronel is contemplating a change of machinery to the championship-winning Citroën C-Elysée WTCC as he looks to finalise his plans to be on the grid in 2017.
The Dutch driver – a two-time race-winner this year in Marrakech and Vila Real – has been contesting as an independent class runner with ROAL Motorsport in the venerable and undeveloped Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1.
In the wake of Citroën’s shutdown of its works team at the end of the season and its decision to sell its championship-winning cars to independent teams, Coronel has declared he is hoping to snap up one of their available cars.
“Citroën have offered their cars, and the prices they’re offering are not crazy,” Coronel told TouringCarTimes. “I think they’re trying to make a good offer … I thought I could never pay for a Citroën, but [the prices] look OK. I don’t think I’ve got [the budget right now], but I think it could be found.
“The price they are asking is half the price I thought it would be, so I think it’s a very good offer to have privateers in the Citroën.”
Coronel has driven with the Italian ROAL Motorsport squad since 2011 – running a BMW 320TC until 2013 before switching to an RML-built Chevrolet Cruze when the TC1 regulations were introduced – and has indicated his first preference would be to remain with the squad, owned by former touring car legend Roberto Ravaglia.
“I work well with Roberto, Roberto’s good to me, so let’s wait and see. If Roberto says I don’t want to do it, then I’ll speak to ALL-INKL [Münnich Motorsport] again as that’s how my system is, but Roberto has the priority.”
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