Tiago Monteiro could conquer second spot in the World Series by Nissan and grasp the "best Rookie" title this week end in Jerez !
Jerez de La Frontera, in the Spanish province of Andalucia, will host the last weekend of racing of the World Series by Nissan, for the 17th and 18th stages of this season. A double race week end where the Portuguese driver Tiago Monteiro will try to hold onto the second position of the championship, with a fifteen points advantage over the Brazilian Enrique Bernoldi.
Tiago Monteiro and the Carlin team are totally unfamiliar with the Andalucian track, and will have to make the most of the three hours of free practice on the Friday in order to get to know the track's secrets. With four wins, another three podium appearances and four pole positions, Tiago is the best amongst the drivers who started in the category this year, but the technical know-how he earned from the last season in the Champ Cars was important in helping him and the team to find the best fine-tunings for his machine:
"It is a fact that we do not know the track at Jerez de la Frontera, as it was the case with other circuits throughout the year. The Spanish drivers have already raced there several times and Bernoldi and Kovailanen recently had F1 tests on this track. I know it is a very technical course and I am depending on my team to help me come second in my debut year in this category. My objective is the second place in the championship and the title of best rookie. I think I can do this, if everything goes normally. Everything has to run perfectly to bring the year to a perfect end." said Tiago Monteiro, who has a worthy adversary, Enrique Bernoldi, the current test driver for Bar-Honda, who recently drove on the Andalucian track in the F1.
"We are going to have to work flat out next weekend, both for the qualifying on Saturday, which are vitally important as Jerez is another track where it isn't easy to overtake, and with the car's fine tunings for the race, now heavier with fuel. Our motivation is running high and we are prepared for anything" said Tiago Monteiro, who, together with Carlin's technicians, has a new challenge of discovering the best set up for the Dallara/Nissan during Friday's free practice.