Circuit switch means Tom Coronel’s old favourite returns

Circuit switch means Tom Coronel’s old favourite returns

20.10.2019: FIA WTCR JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO 2019 Rounds 22, 23 and 24 of 30, Suzuka Circuit East Course, 25-27 October The decision to switch from the planned Suzuka Circuit Full Course layout to the

FIA WTCR JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan
WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO 2019
Rounds 22, 23 and 24 of 30, Suzuka Circuit East Course, 25-27 October





The decision to switch from the planned Suzuka Circuit Full Course layout to the East Course respects the FIA’s safety requirements and was taken jointly by circuit operator and event promoter Mobilityland and WTCR / OSCARO promoter Eurosport Events.



This is because large sections of the Full Course are lined with urethane safety barriers. While these are mandatory for FIM-sanctioned motorbike events, they do not conform to the circuit’s stringent FIA homologation for car racing. Because there is not enough time to remove the urethane barriers in place around the Full Course before the WTCR / OSCARO event and then reinstall them afterwards due to other circuit-based activities, the significantly shorter East Course will be used instead.



But as Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing driver Tom Coronel has been quick to point out, a great show is in store in the three races that make up the WTCR JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan weekend, that combines with the Super Formula finale to form the 4 & 4 Races event.



“I won at the East Course in 2011 and 2013 so I have good memories,” said the Dutchman. “It’s a good track for the show and that’s part of what we do. The layout is a good style for the fans. When I won in 2013, Mehdi Bennani was leading but I overtook him in Turn 2 by approaching the attack in Turn 1 and teasing him. The last corner, which is uphill to the right, is also quite interesting. Unlike the other medium-speed corners, there’s a type of swing and if somebody makes a mistake you can overtake them.”

     

     

 Richard Rodgers, photos FIA WTCR

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