Coronel to sit out Portugal WTCC after truck crash

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Coronel to sit out Portugal WTCC after truck crash

ROAL Motorsport’s Tom Coronel will miss the rest of the WTCC Portugal weekend after heavy damage sustained to the front of his Chevrolet RML Cruze in first practice, when the Dutchman collided with a fire truck.

Coronel lost control of the car and careered down the escape road at Turn 22, with the front-left wheel of his car coming loose just before he hit a support vehicle.

The driver of the truck was uninjured, while Coronel was also quickly out of his car. The Italian ROAL team has assessed the damage and working on the car, but with suspected damage to the front of the chassis, they've decided to sit out for the rest of the weekend.

“My left-front wheel was off before I hit the kerb," said Coronel.

"After that I just couldn’t stop the car. You can see all the bolts are broken. I already had tremendous understeer at all the right-hand corners right before it happened.”

Neil Hudson / TouringCarTimes

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Series WTCC
Event Vila Real
Location Circuito Internacional de Vila Real
Drivers Tom Coronel