The Showman unleashed: Coronel takes on new moniker for 2019 WTCR
Tom Coronel will be putting on a show in more ways than one in the 2019 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO.
Coronel is taking on The Showman moniker for the upcoming season and has turned to the circus for helping to inspire his racing number design.
“Things like these are fun and for me, it wasn’t too difficult,” said the Comtoyou Cupra driver. “For the transition from the WTCC to the current WTCR, the organisers produced a video in which I was referred to as ‘The Showman’. I can perfectly live with that. Actually, I am always in a positive mood, extravert and always in for some fun, albeit with a serious note and that is fitting as well.
The DHL-backed Dutchman continued: “When you search a little bit further on Google for ‘The greatest showman’, you find somebody from a circus and there are plenty of similarities there as well. In my youth, I spent a lot of time with the people from the Toni Boltini circus. There, you find out that there is some serious work behind the laughs that are seen in public. And that is exactly what I mean. I still have a sweet spot for anything related with circuses. At home, I have several unicycles that I ride on quite often because I think that it helps you develop the ‘seat of your pants’ feeling, something that is very important in racing.
“Other things you will found at our house are a huge circus ball and a circus rope that I use to train the right balance. I am using juggle sticks for my eye-to-hand co-ordination, yet another thing that is crucial in racing. That explains the link to my nickname, but sure enough, we had to produce a trademark Tom Coronel video to go with it. As if it was planned, we found a huge circus tent and after having been granted permission, the videographer and I recorded the video there. As usual, the final result is available to watch on the various social media channels and I am curious to see what people think of it. By the way, we also combined the nickname with a new logo and the new starting number 50 to commemorate DHL’s 50thanniversary. These will also feature on my driver’s suit and in many of our marketing outlets this year.”