Coronel set to miss Hungary WTCC practice as car is rebuilt

World Touring Car Championship stalwart Tom Coronel is likely to sit out this Friday's free practice running at the Hungaroring

Coronel set to miss Hungary WTCC practice as car is rebuilt

The Dutchman's ROAL Motorsport team and car builders RML have battled to repair his heavily damaged Chevrolet Cruze following a start-line crash at Marrakech on April 13th.

The severity of the incident forced Coronel to sit out the following week's second round of the championship at Paul Ricard.

"We also lack spare parts, causing an even bigger delay in repairing the car," said Coronel, who also expressed doubts that the car would turn a wheel before qualifying on Saturday afternoon.

"Despite all efforts by ROAL Motorsport to get the car ready in time, we will probably not make it to the free practice, meaning that the shakedown of the car is scheduled for the qualifying sessions, which is not the most ideal preparation for Sunday's races.

"But we will have to deal with that, and I'm already satisfied being able to race again in Hungary."

Coronel noted that the WTCC's compressed early-season schedule of four races in five weekends had presented ROAL with a daunting task of readying the car for Hungary.

"RML did a fantastic job. It was quite a challenge to transport the car from Marrakech via Paul Ricard to RML's workshop in Wellingborough, where they completely repaired the body in just three days," said Coronel.

"Last Sunday evening the structure arrived at ROAL Motorsport in Italy, where Roberto Ravaglia's guys immediately jumped on it and started rebuilding it.

"Respect for the way how everybody is doing his utmost to get me racing again this weekend."

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