Coronel: Chevrolet’s WTCC exit will revive competition image

World Touring Car Championship race winner Tom Coronel believes that the loss of Chevrolet’s works team will produce a level playing field in the series.

The factory Chevrolet team dominated WTCC by winning 41 of the 48 races during the 2011-2012 seasons, and the championship for the past three years. Dutch driver Tom Coronel feels that the championship will be more open now that Chevrolet has gone.

“For the last two years there have been two championships. The Chevrolets contested one between themselves, while everyone else battled it out for the title of ‘best of the rest’. As far as I was concerned, it was all about being the best BMW driver. That has changed now,” Coronel told Autosport.

Coronel, who has finished fourth in 2011 and fifth in the 2012 standings, believes that now he and the ROAL Motorsport team can fight for multiple wins and finish even higher in the championship.

“The BMW 320 TC has shown on more than once occasion that it is capable of competing at the very front of the field. I am in my best position for years going into the season. My goal is to win races and finish in the top three – at least – in the championship,” Coronel added.