The aftermath of Tom Coronel’s bizarre crash at Vila Real
The FIA is investigating World Touring Car Championship driver Tom Coronel’s bizarre collision with a fire vehicle during practice in Vila Real last month.
Coronel’s ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze suffered a left-front wheel failure through the street circuit’s fast downhill section at the end of the lap in the first practice session.
He missed the Turn 23 right-hander and went straight on through a gap in a crash barrier, before colliding with a stationary fire crew van.
Coronel walked away from the crash but was unable to take any further part in the weekend, and later said the impact measured approximately 25G.
The FIA said the circuit was not in its ‘licensed configuration’ when the incident occurred, and that it was investigating the circumstances leading to the collision and how a similar incident could be avoided in...