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Tom Coronel is one of the Good Guys. An ace driver of Touring Cars and GTs he is in demand wherever he goes. This year he races for both SEAT and Spyker but what sets him apart from some of the more dour, "focused" professionals is his sense of fun, life is for living at the highest intensity. Time spent in his company is never wasted, you always end up with a smile on your face.

Out on track he is usually good value too……………..I was in Imola back in 2005, working the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari track, specifically the Variante Alta. Most of the WTCC cars were leaping there but none jumped like Tom in the SEAT. Best of all, the spot drew many photographers but I was the only one to be lucky enough to get the "decisive moment". We are also intensively competitive.

I showed it to Tom after the action had finished, he promised to pay me if I kept the shot hidden as he had come up with another explanation to the team for the damage to the car……sure I said……..of course he did not keep his promise and neither did I.  So the following month it ran full size in Sport Auto…………his reaction? A huge laugh and a slap on the back for me. Some days this business nearly makes sense.

John Brooks


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