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Tiago Monteiro Pau race GP report

The 61st edition of the traditional Formula 3 European Championship was run on Monday in the French city of Pau, at the foot of the Pyrenees just a couple of kilometers from the Franco Spanish border. The only Portuguese among the 22 ...

The 61st edition of the traditional Formula 3 European Championship was run on Monday in the French city of Pau, at the foot of the Pyrenees just a couple of kilometers from the Franco Spanish border. The only Portuguese among the 22 competitive drivers, was the ASM Elf driver Tiago Monteiro, who, suffering technical problems during the Qualification session (broken suspension), was impaired from fighting for the leading positions on the starting grid. Due to the difficulty in overtaking in a city circuit, such as Pau is, Monteiro didn't overlook producing a result equal to his position on the grid. Meanwhile, the young Portuguese driver was forced to abandon the race during the 22nd lap after being pecked by his Teammate.

"The broken suspension during the 1st session halted me on the track at the precise moment I should've been running for the best time, but after the 2nd session, even though I was fastest, the track wasn't very good and I wasn't able to obtain a better position on the grid. The circuit is quite tough on the mechanics, and at times, some of the pieces just don't resist." Explained Tiago Monteiro, who had to make do with a position on the fourth row of the starting grid, while guessing a more complicated and risky race.

The race started well with Monteiro making a good start and wining a position: "Which I immediately lost when Bjorn Wirdheim bumped me while I was overtaking. I chose the lines well for the Gare corner and I was glued to Maatsuura, who I was going to overtake on the inclination, but precisely when I was about to overtake the Japanese, I was again bumped but this time by my teammate, consequently puncturing a tyre and unbalancing it's setup. I went directly to the boxes to change tyre and returned to the race with a lap behind the leader", remarked the Portuguese driver, unsatisfied with the episode.

"Even thought the car was unbalanced I tried to recover, but I ended up touching Zangarelli who had spun in front of me while I was in 14th place. I was glued to him, but the car lost its aerodynamic support and I spun at high speed on the Casino corner. It was a tough and unfortunate weekend, but above all I am sure I could of attained a good position", concluded Tiago Monteiro, who at the time of his first problem had overtaken the Swede Wirdheim, who concluded the race in 3rd.

<pre> Overall Standings for the Grand Prix Automobile de Pau - III Formula 3 European:

1st Antony Davidson (GB) Dallara 301/H , 36 laps in43m 38,295s. (Average 136,614 Km/h)

2nd Ryo Fukuda (J) Dallara 399/R at 7,5s.

3rd Bjorn Wirdheim (S) Dallara 301/O at 16,1s.

4th Kousuke Matsuura (J) Dallara 301/O at 18,9s.

5th Bruno Besson (F) Dallara 399/R at 21,7s.

14th Tiago Monteiro (P) Dallara 399/R at 15 laps

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Series F3
Drivers Ryo Fukuda , Tiago Monteiro , Bjorn Wirdheim , Bruno Besson