Tiago Monteiro among the fastest at Imola
Portuguese driver on row 3 of the grid
Tiago Monteiro had a very positive qualifying session on the Imola circuit today, venue of the final European round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), the Portuguese racer the fourth fastest driver in the first round of qualifying where SEAT Sport dominated the first four places. The Spanish team was also extremely competitive in the second outing of the session that determined the order of the grid for race one, but the battle with BMW was very close.
Tiago believes that the day was a good omen for the rest of the weekend... "Up to this point we are satisfied with what we have achieved at Imola. Due to a gremlin with the differential, my car was really difficult to handle in practice, but the team discovered how to fix the problem and the car was significantly faster in qualifying," explained the SEAT Leon TDI no.5 driver. "As the qualifying results show, it is a close fight with BMW but we are confident of securing a good result. Our strategy is based on one principle, to make Gabriele Tarquini's and Yvan Muller's lives easier as they're both title contenders. I think the two races will be interesting."
At Imola, SEAT Sport is using a strategy which has already proved successful in the past with the first five cars running close together to take advantage from the tow."Imola is a fast track and when you're following four cars you can gain precious tenths," Tiago explains, "But even without this advantage our performances were very good and constant. The championship is open and it doesn't leave any room for mistakes. We have to use each and every inch of the track in order to be faster than our rivals because our car is a little penalized here."
Rain is expected to interrupt the races which will get underway at 11:30AM and 1:30PM (UK Time) and can be watched on Eurosport.