Porto: Tiago Monteiro preview

Tiago Monteiro aiming to shine in Oporto SEAT driver to race at home in the WTCC Tiago Monteiro will race at home this coming weekend on the streets of Oporto this coming weekend for the 13th and 14th rounds of the FIA World Touring Car ...

Tiago Monteiro aiming to shine in Oporto

SEAT driver to race at home in the WTCC

Tiago Monteiro will race at home this coming weekend on the streets of Oporto this coming weekend for the 13th and 14th rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). The Portuguese driver is aiming to continue the momentum from Spain and the Czech Republic, where he secured a podium finish, in order to give the fans that will line the Boavista circuit a quality performance. Last year, Tiago won a race on the Estoril circuit and for him to claim victory on the streets of his birthplace would be the icing on the cake.

"It is really nice to come back here," Tiago said, "like all street circuits, Boavista is a demanding and narrow track where the least mistake can cost you dearly. This year, the track has been resurfaced in some areas and especially into the chicanes which could make the races even more interesting. I know it will be hard, but I'd like to offer the Portuguese fans a win."

SEAT Sport does not expect that the red carpet will be laid out for them in Oporto, and Tiago recalls that lately the team has had problems competing with the best in race conditions because of the new limitations imposed on the TDI's engine. "It is hard to predict where we will be in regard to the competition. We will do our best, but on a track where tyre management is so crucial, the weight of our front end, due to the diesel engine, can make our task quite hard. Qualifying and the starting grid of the second race will be very important. Il will be an emotional weekend and I'm looking forward to seeing the grandstands full, proving once again that Portugal has a genuine passion for motorsport."

The first session will take place on Friday afternoon, so that the drivers can get accustomed to the layout. Then the two practice sessions will follow on Saturday when SEAT Sport and Tiago Monteiro will be counting on the assistance of the public. The fourth of July weekend will have all the ingredients for a beautiful event with weather forecasters already predicting clear skies and a maximum temperature in the neighbourhood of 23o.C. The entire Oporto weekend can be followed on Eurosport: with qualifying on Saturday at 16:00 and the warm-up and races on Sunday at 9:00AM, 11:15AM and 4:30PM.

-credit: tiagomonteiro.com

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Series WTCC
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