World Touring Car Championship favourite Tom Coronel has revealed the livery for the Chevrolet Cruze he will race in 2014.
After three seasons racing a BMW, the introduction of the new TC1 regulations sees Coronel and the ROAL Motorsport team switch to a Cruze built by RML.
He will be joined by a new team-mate in Tom Chilton, who has tested his car at Valencia today (Wednesday) along with Campos Racing driver Hugo Valente. Coronel, on the other hand, must wait for his.
“Of course it is unfortunate not being able to put the first miles on the ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet in Valencia this week, to get used to the car, but it is what it is,” said the Dutchman.
“Only days ago RML finished production of the first two cars based on the new TC1 specs and my chassis will probably not be ready before the end of next week. At the beginning of April I will most likely drive the first metres in the car as part of a short shakedown on the Adria track.
“After that the car will immediately be transported to Morocco, where the first WTCC races for the 2014 season will take place. A tight schedule, but there is no other option. I’m already really satisfied that I will at least compete in the WTCC this year, again with ROAL Motorsport and with the car that won the championship the past couple of year, now in the new TC1 specification. That means an increased output to 380hp (+80 hp), new technology, a wider appearance and more aerodynamics. I would really like to thank my existing and new sponsors for their support to make this happen.”
Coronel’s 2014 car carries across the blue, white and red used on the BMW with continued support from McGregor, TW Steel, Valvoline and DHL.