Magny Cours wasn't easy for Tiago Monteiro, but he managed to overcome; 8th and 5th positions contributed with 9 points for the 2nd place overall at the World Series by Nissan. The third weekend of the World Series by Nissan (5th and 6th ...
Magny Cours wasn't easy for Tiago Monteiro, but he managed to overcome; 8th and 5th positions contributed with 9 points for the 2nd place overall at the World Series by Nissan.
The third weekend of the World Series by Nissan (5th and 6th stages), was held at the Magny Cours Circuit, track which will receive the Formula One French Grand Prix next July. The "small Formula Ones", built by Dallara/Nissan where the stars of the Schedule and Tiago Monteiro, the Driver from Oporto, was involved in a fight during the first race, finishing 8th and managed to finish the second race in 5th position, granting him the 2nd place overall in the Championship standings, three points behind the leader.
Due to problems in the braking system during the qualifying session, Tiago started from the 8th place of the starting grid for the first race, with a difficult task ahead. He maintained the 8th position while attacking the Argentinean Alvarez, trying to overtake him at several times, nevertheless the Argentinean kept blocking him and even sent Tiago off track on the 13th lap.
"It was a difficult race to gain positions. I managed to take the 7th place on the 11th lap, nevertheless I suffered a hit from Alvarez while trying to overtake him for the 6th position and was pulled back to 8th. It was a very intense race against Alvarez, Valles and Villariño, who where separated by tenths of a second, during the entire race".*
Tiago Monteiro started from the second row of the starting grid for the second race, but was pressured at the Estoril curve, falling to 5th position. He regained one place on the 6th lap, immediately taking the Pit-Stop. He re-entered the track in 10th and finished the race in 5th position overall, gaining another 6 points, which added up with the 3 from the first race, allow Tiago to keep the 2nd place in the Championship behind Kovalainen.
"Even though we didn't have a fortunate weekend, since we where always behind the other Teams in terms of car development, which caught fire on the free practice session, I believe that gaining 9 points was very positive. We may perform better, as we have proven at Zolder, but we have to work hard and have a little luck. We finished three times in podium positions in six races"*