Brno: Tiago Monteiro race report

30 kilos is too much! No one can be expected to do the impossible. Two weeks after being the most successful driver at Pau, Tiago Monteiro arrived at the Brno (Czech Republic) circuit severely handicapped by the 30 additional kilos of ballast on...

30 kilos is too much!

No one can be expected to do the impossible. Two weeks after being the most successful driver at Pau, Tiago Monteiro arrived at the Brno (Czech Republic) circuit severely handicapped by the 30 additional kilos of ballast on board his SEAT Leon No. 18 car, the flip side of his successes in France. The burden was too great on Brno's scenic route and Tiago has gone home empty handed from a weekend where he was still a hair's breath away from success.

"30 kilos is too much for our package on a circuit with large banked turns and a significant height difference, the Portuguese driver notes. We were worried about it and confirmed it in qualifying. Starting out in 17th, my objective was to get high enough in the ranking to be well-positioned for the second race. I had a good start, but I lost time in the accident in the first turn. My tires were worn after three laps and I no longer had any chance of moving up a bit more."

Tiago and the SEAT team learned from their lessons in the first race, where they finished 13th, in order to make some needed adjustments to the Leon No. 18 car. "We changed several parameters on the car before the second race. They were all changed for the better rand I could keep up the pace without worrying about destroying my tires. After a very good start I found myself in 9th, and soon after that in 7th. I was confident that I could score points for SEAT, but I was unfortunately victim of a kamikaze attack by a competitor when there were just four laps to go. I lost two places in the operation."

"We knew that Brno would be a difficult weekend and our objective was to score a few points under the worst of conditions. There are weekends like these...You can't always climb the podium twice, but if Brno didn't smile upon us, we hope to regain our Pau competitiveness at Porto, where the local support will count for an additional ten horses!"

-credit: tm

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tiago Monteiro