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Tom Coronel: ‘There was a lot of contact from Gordon Shedden’

Tom Coronel was happy to finish all three FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) races in the points at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, although he said there was ‘a lot of contact’ from Gordon Shedden and other drivers in the process.

Coronel avoided big accidents in both races to take a ninth and tenth place finish respectively in Saturday’s two WTCR races on the legendary German circuit.

However the Dutchman was involved in some physical racing in the process, and he was pleased to leave the ‘Ring unscathed ahead of his home round at Zandvoort next weekend.

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“I’ve finished in the points in all three races this weekend, which is the first time that happened all year,” said Coronel.

“We worked hard to maximise the car for the corners and it’s paid off, although we didn’t have the necessary straight-line speed to challenge the other cars down the long straight at the end of the lap.

“In race two I had a good race, but my first lap was really bad – the start was bad. The race itself was quite good. There was a big crash in front of us on the straight in the midfield, but I’m happy with how I was racing and the lap times were good.”

Coronel highlighted some of the driving standards from three-time British champion Gordon Shedden, who was involved in an accident with Gabriele Tarquini in race two, as being particularly worthy of attention.

“Some of the driving out there was pretty tough and there was a lot of contact, especially from Gordon Shedden,” added Coronel.

“But the car is handling well and this is all good for my home race at Zandvoort next week.”

Watch: Tom Coronel’s Nürburgring Nordschleife highlights

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