Tiago Monteiro joins Team ORECA line-up

Tiago Monteiro to participate in the 2009 Le Mans 24 hr at the wheel of a LMP1 prototype Tiago joins the official Team ORECA Matmut and will partner Stephan Ortelli and Bruno Senna After two participations in the GTS category in 1999 and 2001,...

Tiago Monteiro to participate in the 2009 Le Mans 24 hr at the wheel of a LMP1 prototype

Tiago joins the official Team ORECA Matmut and will partner Stephan Ortelli and Bruno Senna

After two participations in the GTS category in 1999 and 2001, Tiago Monteiro will once again take part in the 24 hour of Le Mans at the wheel of a LMP1 Prototype. For the 2009 version, the Portuguese driver will join Stephan Ortelli and Bruno Senna behind the wheel of one of the cars from ORECA. More than an opportunity, Hugues de Chaunac invitation's is a challenge to race in the LMP1 category at the wheel of one of the most competitive cars in the field.

"I am delighted to return to Le Mans ; it is a special race in my heart and it is an honour to be invited by Team ORECA," Tiago said, "I have already had the opportunity to test the Prototype twice this winter and I've been impressed. Its acceleration and general behaviour is similar to the ones of a excellent single-seater. After my F1 and WTCC time, to be part of such a team is also a dream come true, but big responsibilities come along with it as it will be the first time I'll run in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the most prestigious category. I accepted the challenge because I like to fight until the very end, without giving up and that is an essential quality at Le Mans."

The Le Mans 24 hour is well known as being the most prestigious race of endurance and the ultimate test for man and machine. This legendary race is a stepping stone in the career of every driver who has had the privilege of taking part in it. For more than 70 years, some of the greatest names in auto sport have registered their name on the entry list of the greatest endurance race on earth.

For its 77th edition, Tiago Monteiro will drive one of the best cars on the grid and will have two very high ranking teammates. "Stephane Ortelli has a lot of experience in this race, which he has already won. As for Bruno Senna, he is already a confirmed talent, one of the best of the new generation and he has the responsibility of carrying on a name which evokes some of the greatest memories in motorsport. We know our car has good potential but it will be impossible to fight against the diesel cars. Our aim will be to finish ahead of the other fuel-powered cars. I can't wait for June, I'm looking forward to living an intense and emotional weekend at the wheel of a prototype from Team ORECA. Until then, I will continue my WTCC season. I want to sincerely thank SEAT Sport and SEAT Portugal who have allowed me to take part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Once again, SEAT demonstrates it is open-minded and that is a modern and clever car maker, one of the leaders of its time. I would have never been able to take part in a race with another team without their authorization."

The ingredients for success are quite clear on the Oreca 01 Prototype: experience and talent.

-credit: tiagomonteiro.com

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Stéphane Ortelli , Tiago Monteiro , Bruno Senna , Hugues de Chaunac