Brno: Tiago Monteiro preview

A Challenge Named Brno The ninth and tenth races of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) It is possibly the greatest challenge of the season for the SEAT team. On paper, the Brno circuit is one that presents the most difficulties ...

A Challenge Named Brno

The ninth and tenth races of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC)

It is possibly the greatest challenge of the season for the SEAT team. On paper, the Brno circuit is one that presents the most difficulties for the SEAT Leon TDI on the World Touring Car Championship schedule. Despite the obstacles that may stand before him, Tiago Monteiro is determined to bring home a good result from the Czech Republic. It is impossible to foresee what will happen at Brno, but the track should not suit our car and I expect to run into major difficulties because the fast corners are devastating for tires. I am determined to give the maximum and I hope that things will change after my disappointments at Valencia and Pau, because I am very anxious to be able to battle with the top drivers in the championship.

In the Czech Republic, as at Pau, Tiago will have twelve kilograms of ballast in his SEAT Leon TDI. The Portuguese driver will be one of the drivers least penalized by his car's weight, but the advantage will probably not be significant. The race speeds are similar and even with the different ballasts, there will be over ten cars in the same second. Being lighter has never been a considerable advantage this year because the competition is very strong. In Valencia and Pau, the conditions varied a great deal from the start to the end of the weekend, and the cars behaviour was never ideal. But despite everything I had a good time in the second Pau race because I love to race in the rain.

So Tiago will have every reason to smile in the Czech Republic because the weather forecasts indicate the arrival of rain Saturday morning and the storms will Sunday, with high and low temperatures of 19C and 10C.

The Brno races will be rebroadcast direct on Eurosport, on June 15 at at 11:00 AM and 2:15 PM. A lovely result at Brno would be one of the nicest gifts for this new father on Fathers Day.

Driver and Orator

Tiago Monteiro at the International Economic Forum at St Petersburg

Tiago Monteiro has not stayed idle between the races at Pau and Brno. The Portuguese driver competing in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) traded in his driving suit for a tie, and his radio for a microphone at the podium for the XII International Economic Forum, which took place this week at St Petersburg, Russia. Tiago came at the invitation of the Russian government, notably Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and new president Dmitri Medvedev. It was in his capacity as member of the Young Global Leaders project that Tiago took part in a special session dedicated to the topic What is my Engine? A Dream!

It was in the company of seven other speakers that Tiago, who is a driver but who also holds a degree in hotel management and business, debated the question of globalization of markets and the challenges that it represents for younger generations seeking their place in the job world within their own boarders, or who export themselves to a country with strong economic growth like Russia.

Tiagos career, from his hotel management studies up to circuits around the world, have given him recognition and a professional blossoming, is an example of the success of a young person who decides to embrace an international career. The Porto native was the best ambassador that Portugal could have sent to convey its ideas and its modernity. Tiago had the honor of representing his country and establishing contacts with personalities from the highest level.

-credit: tiagomonteiro.com

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