Coronel Wins Second Slovakia Race From Pole

Tom Coronel - Photo Credit: FIA WTCC
Tom Coronel - Photo Credit: FIA WTCC

Tom Coronel scored his third win in the World Touring Car Championship with a pole-to-flag victory in race two at the Slovakia Ring.

The Dutchman used his rear-wheel-drive BMW to keep the lead from the reverse grid pole position and managed to stretch away as those behind concentrated on fighting for second place.

Pepe Oriola held that place for the first five laps, but was then relegated four places on lap six when he ran wide. Rob Huff took up second position, but having already twice swapped positions with Yvan Muller a couple of laps earlier, the reigning world champion lost out to his former team-mate when he ran deep as he attempted to defend into turn one on the penultimate lap.

Race one winner Gabriele Tarquini also took advantage to snatch third and join Coronel and Muller on the podium.

Fourth was still Huff’s best result yet driving the Munnich SEAT, finishing ahead of Tiago Monteiro who lost ground when his Honda was tapped sideways by Muller on lap two.

No sooner had Oriola been shoved back to sixth did he have another gaggle of cars on his rear, but he managed to keep the advances of Tom Chilton at bay. Norbert Michelisz slowed out of eighth place in his Honda with a couple of laps left, with Alex MacDowall inheriting the place in addition to claiming the Yokohama Trophy win. BMW drivers Mehdi Bennani and Darryl O’Young completed the top ten, the latter fighting back after his massive qualifying shunt.