The SEAT No. 18 Car Was a Target at Brands Hatch James Thompson prevents Tiago Monteiro from scoring points The results of Tiago Monteiro's 13th and 14th races in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) were decided by someone other...
The SEAT No. 18 Car Was a Target at Brands Hatch
James Thompson prevents Tiago Monteiro from scoring points
The results of Tiago Monteiro's 13th and 14th races in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) were decided by someone other than the Portuguese SEAT Sport driver. Tiago Monteiro crossed paths with James Thomson, who had already messed up his two Valencia races. At Brands Hatch, Tiago's nemesis did not hesitate to collide with the SEAT Leon TDI No. 18 car in the first laps of the first race.
Qualified in 11th place, Tiago and his team had concentrated all their efforts on the set-up for both of the English races, and were very satisfied with the Leon TDI's handling in this configuration. Tiago had avoided chain-reaction collisions in the first lap and was get ready to move into the points when he was brutally shunted off the track by a red bomb named Thompson.
"Thompson's attitude was impressive! He has to pass at all costs and no matter what happens. It's unacceptable," Tiago declared, "I am not the only one to complain about him. Other drivers have realized what his behaviour is in several races this year. You just have to look at the violence of the attack to the rear end of my SEAT to understand that it was not just a move to try to move ahead a place. The impact was so heavy it was impossible to control the car. I went off track and I lost several places. The incident also had a negative effect on the suspension of my SEAT: it was unstable and all of the work done by the team over the past few days was ruined in a fraction of a second by a spiteful attitude. I am sad for the team because such an ill-intentioned driver decided the result of my weekend."
After the incident, Tiago gritted his teeth and tried everything, within the limits of good sportsmanship, to move back up in the points. But the 16th place he got in the morning left him no hope for the second race on the UK circuit. Tiago regrets that a driver has harmed his season and that of SEAT as well, but also has harmed the championship as a whole.
"We know that the competition is fierce and there is contact in the WTCC, but it should never be ill-intentioned, as those who pounded my SEAT Sport partner Yvan Muller at Brands Hatch. The overwhelming majority of drivers know how to have an aggressive attitude but still stay within the limits of good sportsmanship. Thompson doesn't and he shouldn't be an example for young drivers. This is nothing new and I know what to expect when Thompson is behind me, but I hope that Brands Hatch will be the last time!"
Tiago was able to count on new shocks for the second race, but his weekend had practically ended much earlier in the morning. The SEAT Sport crossed the finish line in 15th place. Brands Hatch was the bitterest weekend for all of the SEAT Sport family. Lighter and able to adapt to the track's characteristics, the BMWs and Chevrolets won two races with Jorg Muller and Alain Menu.
After his success at Estoril, Tiago knew that Brands Hatch would not be his SEAT Leon TDI preferred track but he hoped to score points. But the British races did hurt the Portuguese driver's motivation, and he will now take advantage of the championship's one-month break to concentrate on the upcoming races.
On August 30 and 31 the Oschersleben (Germany) circuit will play host to the 15th and 16th races of the FIA WTCC.