Coronel Takes First Win For ROAL In Second Suzuka Race

Tom Coronel - Photo Credit:
Coronel leads the three Chevrolets across the line to win - Photo Credit:

Tom Coronel kept the Chevrolets at bay to score his first win in the ROAL Motorsport BMW in Race 2 at Suzuka.

Coronel began the race on the front row alongside polesitter Darryl O'Young, but the Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet driver got a poor launch off the line, and eventually ended up in the gravel on the outside of Turn 1 after contact from Gabriele Tarquini.

Coronel endured race long pressure from Yvan Muller to claim his second WTCC win, his first since Okayama, also in Japan, in 2008.

Rob Huff finished on the third step of the podium, never quite managing to get past Muller. Robert Dahlgren was fourth for much of the race before momentarily slowing and allowing Race 1 winner Alain Menu to go past. The Swede did catch Menu again and the pair made contact two laps from the end, but the Swiss driver would hold on.

Tarquini was also with the leading train to begin with but was handed a drive-through penalty for his contact with O'Young at the start. He then opted to retire to the pits after being demoted to the back of the field.

Michel Nykjaer finished sixth, leading home a train of BMWs. Colin Turkington was seventh, ahead of Javier Villa, Norbert Michelisz, Kristian Poulsen and Franz Engstler.

Finishing one place ahead of Huff allows Muller to extend his points lead from 10 to 13 points. Rounds in China and Macau remain, with the WTCC's first visit to Shanghai's Tianma Circuit taking place on 6th November.

Race 2 results – 23 laps:

Pos Driver Team Car Time/Gap
1 Tom Coronel ROAL BMW 320 TC 21:10.854
2 Yvan Muller Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 0.558
3 Robert Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 0.840
4 Alain Menu Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1.576
5 Robert Dahlgren Polestar Volvo C30 Drive 2.057
6 Michel Nykjaer Sunred Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 7.397
7 Colin Turkington Wiechers BMW 320 TC 7.730
8 Javier Villa Proteam BMW 320 TC 8.292
9 Norbert Michelisz Zengo BMW 320 TC 8.606
10 Kristian Poulsen Engstler BMW 320 TC 8.901
11 Franz Engstler Engstler BMW 320 TC 9.477
12 Aleksei Dudukalo Sunred Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 15.744
13 Pepe Oriola Sunred Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 22.668
14 Yukinori Taniguchi Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 23.263
15 Toshihiro Arai Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 23.541
16 Masaki Kano KK BMW 320 TC 25.577
17 Hiroki Yoshimoto Sunred Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 26.926
18 Mehdi Bennani Proteam BMW 320 TC 33.610
19 Charles Ng Engstler BMW 320si 34.092
Ret Gabriele Tarquini Sunred Sunred SR Leon 1.6T 11 laps
Ret Darryl O'Young Bamboo Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 1 lap

Drivers' standings after 10 of 12 rounds:

Pos Driver Points
1 Yvan Muller 363
2 Robert Huff 350
3 Alain Menu 290
4 Tom Coronel 183
5 Gabriele Tarquini 159
6 Tiago Monteiro 109
7 Kristian Poulsen 92
8 Norbert Michelisz 83
9 Franz Engstler 69
10 Robert Dahlgren 68