Curitiba: Tiago Monteiro preview

Start your engines! The FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) starts on March 1st at Curitiba For the second year in a row, the World Touring Car Championship opens its doors at Curitiba, Brazil starting March 1st. After contributing ...

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The FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) starts on March 1st at Curitiba

For the second year in a row, the World Touring Car Championship opens its doors at Curitiba, Brazil starting March 1st. After contributing to the development of the Leon TDI at Estoril and Jarama, Tiago Monteiro will be one of the five official drivers to defend the SEAT Sport colors. Since he missed the first two races of the 2007 championship, the Portuguese driver does not know the 3,695 meter-long circuit. But he will find a country and a people that hold a special place in the heart of all Portuguese people. "I am very happy to return to Brazil, which I am obviously close to because of the connections that exist between Portugal and Brazil," Tiago declared. "I don't know the circuit or all its characteristics, but I hope to be able to take advantage of the support of the fans, who are knowledgeable about auto racing, friendly, and loud!"

In 2007, BMW dominated the contests, taking the top three spots in both Curitiba races. The first challenge of the year for SEAT Sport and Tiago will therefore be to stem the tide of the 320si's. During the official presentation of the SEAT Sport team in Madrid last week, SEAT Sport CEO, Jaime Puig reminded those in attendance that the objective of the five official drivers is to put themselves at the service of SEAT to enable the brand to win the constructor's championship. "BMW had an irresistible domination last year," Tiago explained. "So my strategy will be to score some points which will be vital throughout the championship and to manage to properly operate the Leon TDI, which I will be driving in competition for the first time."

Curtitba is perched at an elevation of 1000 meters and is less than 100 km from the Atlantic Ocean. Its climate is influenced both by its proximity to the coast and by its elevation, but it is not unusual for the temperature to climb to 30C in February. "Mastering all the settings and adjustments of the car will not be easy because it is summertime in Brazil and it will be much hotter at Curitiba than during our tests at Estoril and Jarama, which will be important to the behavior of the car and tyre wear."

The races will be rebroadcast direct on Eurosport (cable and satellite), at 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM UK Time on Sunday 2nd as well as the qualifying on Saturday afternoon.

-credit: tiagomonteiro.com

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tiago Monteiro , Jaime Puig