Sunday, January 9, 2011

FIA WTCC - ROAL return to WTCC!!!

Italy-based ROAL Motorsport will return to the FIA WTCC next season by fielding one BMW 320 TC car powered by the new 1.6-litre turbo engine for Dutch driver Tom Coronel!!!

The team directed by Roberto Ravaglia took part in the world championship between 2005 and 2009, claiming seven race wins for BMW.

Coronel meanwhile, achieved one victory and five other podium results, with all his best results coming at the wheel of SEAT cars.

In 2010 he obtained his best result ever in the Drivers' Championship, finishing in eighth position.

"The technical package developed by BMW Motorsport has certainly a potential and I believe it will allow customer teams to aim for high level results," said team principal Roberto Ravaglia.

"Furthermore, a fast and well experienced driver such as Tom Coronel will contribute to enhance the team's performance," he added.

Coronel, who has raced BMW cars in the European and Dutch Touring Car championships between 2001 and 2004 added: "I have the feeling that I won the Italian lottery and hit the jackpot! It is so great to work with the ROAL Motorsport team and especially with Roberto Ravaglia. I even raced with him in the early nineties. This is a race winning team!"

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