Brno: Tiago Monteiro preview

Tiago Monteiro has left for the Czech Republic The World Touring Car Championship has moved on from Pau to Brno, in the Czech Republic, where the 9th and 10th Races of the FIA WTCC will take place, although these will be Tiago Monteiro's 7th and...

Tiago Monteiro has left for the Czech Republic

The World Touring Car Championship has moved on from Pau to Brno, in the Czech Republic, where the 9th and 10th Races of the FIA WTCC will take place, although these will be Tiago Monteiro's 7th and 8th appearances, since he was unable to make it to Curitiba.

With just one testing session under his belt, the driver of the SEAT Leon No. 18 car is quite unfamiliar with the route at the Moravian capital, but is confidently preparing forthe weekend, on the heels of his brilliant performance at Pau, where he twice climbed the podium."I've moved around a lot in my short career, but I have never driven at Brno, which will be a handicap compared to the other WTCC drivers" Tiago explains. "The track in itself is very interesting, with very different corners and a fairly unusual up and downs."

Tiago will have a major disadvantage at Brno: 30 kilograms of ballast, the other side of the coin from his excellent results in France. "The results at Pau gave the whole team great confidence. We are constantly working on the car and have long debriefings in order to improve its handling." "But at Brno we will have to learn to manage a new parameter," the Portuguese driver adds, "the thirty extra kilos won't make our job easier, especially in the fast sections."

Qualifying will be important at Brno, as elsewhere, but on the third longest circuit of the season (5.403 kilometers), it will be vital to be able to find a clear lap and not to gettrapped by the traffic. "The first objective upon arriving at Brno will be to learn the circuit as quickly as possible during the tests, and to find good reference points for qualifying. Being well-positioned on the starting grid is essential to scoring points in both races, which is my ambition."

Both FIA WTCC races at Brno will be rebroadcast live by Eurosport, at 10:45 AM and 2:15 PM.

-credit: tiagomonteiro.com

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Series WTCC
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