Macau: Tiago Monterio preview

On the road to Macau Tiago Monteiro will battle it out this weekend in the last two races of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) on the Guia circuit, as part of the 54th Macau Grand Prix. For Tiago Monteiro, the trip to the...

On the road to Macau

Tiago Monteiro will battle it out this weekend in the last two races of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) on the Guia circuit, as part of the 54th Macau Grand Prix.

For Tiago Monteiro, the trip to the former Portuguese territory has all the ingredients of a unique journey. The driver of the SEAT Leon No. 18 car will indeed play a key role in the strategy of SEAT Sport, whose French driver Yvan Muller is still in the running for the driver's title, neck and neck with Andy Priaulx. The SEAT Sport team is ten points from rival BMW and will pull out all the stops playing its hand at Macau in the hope of surpassing the German carmaker in the Constructors' Championship.

The Guia Circuit, laid out in the streets of Macau is one of the most charismatic and dangerous circuits in the world and Tiago cannot wait to get back to the route he first got to know in 1999 when he was driving in the French Formula 3 Championship "Climbing the podium at Macau would be the best way to finish the season;" Tiago explains, "I think that it's a difficult but realistic goal even without the Diesel engine." The championship has crowned eleven different winners in twenty courses until now, proof of the extreme competitiveness of the teams and drivers involved in it. SEAT Sport has made a lot of progress this season, we have won three of the last six races with the Diesel engine and I think that after the pace we were able to set at Monza, we are capable of achieving an excellent result for the season finale."

Tiago Monteiro arrived in Asia a week before the start of the 54th Macau Grand Prix, in order to get used to the time difference (there are 8 time zones between Portugal and Macau).

The last two races of the FIA WTCC will be held on Sunday, November 18 and will each last twenty minutes. The first start will be at 4:45 AM Paris time, and the second will be at 6:00 AM. They will both be telecast live on Eurosport (cable or satellite).

Meteorologists are calling for clear skies and 22C for the finale. Ideal conditions for celebrating the year of the Leon!

-credit: tiagomonteiro.com

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