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FIA WTCC Portimao 2012 qualifying and onboard lapguide Tom Coronel k-tijdens-fia-wtcc-races-in-portugal-op-podium FIA WTCC Portimao 2012 qualifying and onboard lapguide Tom Coronel of ROAL Motorsport. Round 13 and 14, race of Portugal.

Return of a legend: Michel Vaillant in the FIA WTCC at Portimao, Portugal - Menu with Coronel
Alain Menu is the superdriver Michel Vaillant during the FIA WTCC race of Portimao, Portugal. Tom Coronel of ROAL Motorsport checks up with the cartoon racer aka Alain Menu and meets his boss J.P. Vailliant also known as Eric Neve.

Rob Huff at FIA WTCC 2012 Portimao
JIM MUNRO lurks behind the scenes in the Chevrolet Cruze works garage as 2012 WTCC champion elect Rob Huff prepares for Sunday afternoon's two races at the spectacular purpose built circuit in Portimao in Portugal's Algarve. Also on show is Huffy's Chevrolet team-mate Alain Menu, flying the livery of fictional comic hero driver Michel Vaillant. It proved to be successful for Menu who won race two kitted out as his alter ego. June 2012

WTCC Portimao race highlights 2012 - podium for Tom Coronel
FIA WTCC race of Portimao, Portugal 2012, race highlights - podium for Tom Coronel, Pepe Oriola and Michel Vaillant (Alain Menu). Roal Motorsport, RML Chevrolet and Seat. The seventh race weekend of the FIA World Touring Car Championship took place at the relatively new Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal, an undulating race track with a length of 4.654 kilometres. For Tom Coronel, qualifying went better than expected with a fifth and a sixth place on the starting grid for the two races. In the first race, a fifth place finish seemed within reach for the 40-year old Dutch driver with the ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC, until Alain Menu overtook the Dutchman on lap six with his 'Michel Vaillant'-Chevrolet Cruze. For Coronel, it was a matter of finishing the race and bringing sixth place home after that. Later on, he reported that it felt as if he had a parachute attached to the rear of his car. Inspection by ROAL Motorsport and BMW technicians revealed that the problems were caused by a faultive sensor. The problem was solved before the start of the second race, which explained Coronel's rocked start. He moved up from sixth on the grid to second place. To prevent other drivers from closing up quickly, Tom allowed the quicker SEAT driver Oriola to get in front of him in order to pull away together. With his third place finish, Coronel maintains his fourth position in the WTCC drivers' standings. Read more: k-tijdens-fia-wtcc-races-in-portugal-op-podium