Portimao: Tiago Monteiro race report

Monteiro and Senna finish on podium at 1000km of Algarve 3rd position confirms excellent performance of the Portuguese driver in he Le Mans Series Once again Tiago Monteiro shone in front of his Portuguese public when together with his...

Monteiro and Senna finish on podium at 1000km of Algarve

3rd position confirms excellent performance of the Portuguese driver in he Le Mans Series

Once again Tiago Monteiro shone in front of his Portuguese public when together with his teammate Bruno Senna, he secured third place on the rostrum of the 1000km of Algarve this weekend, the Oporto driver conquering the conditions in his first participation in a round of the Le Mans series, in a night of racing on the Portimao track.

The performance of the Monteiro/Senna crew, the best result for Team Oreca Matmut AIM, underlined their consistency and quality, together with an excellence performance from the team directed by Hugues de Chaunac. Tiago and Bruno's podium result was also enhanced by the 4th placed finish of the sister car driven by Nicolas Lapierre and Olivier Panis.

For Tiago, his baptism on this track for the Le Mans series could not have finished any better, reinforces his performance in the recent Le Mans 24 HR... "It was a fantastic race. The car was good and we only lacked a bit of raw speed that was needed to keep 2nd position and fight for the win. But 3rd place is very satisfying indeed. The team work worked at full speed and definitely proved its worth. It was important to feel the public helping us and it was a real benefit sharing the car with Bruno. To race on home soil and to climb onto the podium is always a very special experience and Algarve was no exception!"

As underlined by his fastest laps during the race, the Prototype LMP1 controlled by the Monteiro/Senna crew was very reliable in the final laps of the race. The Oreca no.10 actually climbed up into 2nd place overall in the general classification of a highly thrilling and suspenseful race... "The race was very demanding physically and it required full attention at all times. The traffic was the hardest part and prevented us from enjoying a clear lap. It also made the lines different from one lap to the other. In the dark, the problem was even bigger. I want to thank Hugues de Chaunac for this fabulous experience and I thank Team Oreca and Bruno Senna for their excellent work and for the great atmosphere," underlined Tiago.

In the history of Portuguese automobile sport, Tiago became the first driver to have taken part in such a night race.

-credit: tiagomonteiro.com

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Olivier Panis , Tiago Monteiro , Nicolas Lapierre , Bruno Senna , Hugues de Chaunac