Photo: Tom Coronel

Tom Coronel returns with Comtoyou Racing

Tom Coronel will remain in the World Touring Car Cup for the 2021 season after being named as the third driver in the Comtoyou Racing line-up.

The Dutch racer will be at the wheel of one of the four new Audi RS 3 LMS cars being entered by Comtoyou this season, and will retain support from long-time backer DHL.

Coronel finished eleventh in the standings last year, with a single win in Slovakia.

“I sometimes say that WTCR really stands for ‘World of Tom Coronel Racing’, so this is where I belong!” he said. “I am delighted that it has all worked out again for this season thanks to the support of numerous valuable partners, DHL first and foremost.

“I am feeling very comfortable, both within the team and in the FIA WTCR – World Touring Car Cup. After all, I am the driver with the highest number of races in this series, the European Touring Car Championship since 2001, the World Touring Car Championship since 2005 and WTCR since 2018.

“Last year, things were going particularly well: I have shown that I am still able to compete for podium results and race wins at this level, like at Slovakia Ring. Halfway through the season, I was in second place of the drivers’ standings. Of course, that is something I want to build on this season!”

Coronel, who has now started more than 500 races in his touring car career, said he was excited about the prospect of racing the new Audi as he chases success on track in 2021.

“The Audi is one of the most successful touring cars in the TCR category with almost 280 race wins from 1,051 starts worldwide in the past four years,” he said. “Now, the car has been improved in many aspects, both concerning on-track handling and opportunities for adjustment by the team’s technicians.

“In fact, the car is so new that we will be racing with a special camouflage livery during the first two events of the season because the car isn’t even commercially available at that time.”