ROAL Motorsport will step up to two cars for the 2012 FIA World Touring Car Championship, with Tom Coronel now being joined by 19-year-old Alberto Cerqui in the team’s two BMW 320 TCs.
Alberto Cerqui, from Brescia in Italy, raced for ROAL Motorsport in the International Superstars Series, finishing as the highest placed of ROAL’s three drivers in the standings, as well as winning the Italian Superstars classification.
39-year-old Dutch driver Tom Coronel will race for the team for the second consecutive year. Coronel finished ‘best of the rest’ last season behind the three works Chevrolets, claiming a win at Suzuka.
“2011 has been very positive to me,” said Coronel. “Race after race I improved the feeling with the team and we ended up fighting constantly for the podium in the last four rounds of the season. Building on the final fourth place obtained last year the objective cannot be other than improving it and winning some more races. Classification-wise I feel I can fight for the third place.”
Team Principal Roberto Ravaglia added:
“I am extremely satisfied for lining up two cars in the WTCC 2012. It is not going to be easy to repeat the very good results scored in 2011 but I am confident and motivated by the presence of two drivers like Tom Coronel and Alberto Cerqui. Tom will give experience and reliability to the team, while Alberto is a young promising driver that showed in 2011 his talent and skill in adapting rapidly to new circuits.”