Tiago Monteiro attends SEAT Sport launch

SEAT Sport presents its new addition for the 2007 WTCC : Tiago Monteiro. - Tiago Monteiro took his first steps in his new WTCC challenge after he was invited by SEAT Sport to attend the presentation and launch of their 2007 WTCC program in...

SEAT Sport presents its new addition for the 2007 WTCC : Tiago Monteiro.

- Tiago Monteiro took his first steps in his new WTCC challenge after he was invited by SEAT Sport to attend the presentation and launch of their 2007 WTCC program in Lisbon this week.

SEAT Sport has reinforced its already formidable team line-up with the signing of Tiago Monteiro. The Portuguese driver raced for the last two seasons in Formula 1 and completed 37 F1 Grand Prix with Jordan and Midland, finishing third in the 2005 USA GP and an eighth place in the Belgium. Tiago now officially joins the SEAT Sport WTCC team from the second round of the FIA World Touring Car championship, making him the fifth official SEAT Sport driver alongside Jordi Gene, Michel Jourdain Jr,Yvan Muller and Gabriele Tarquini.

Although not racing, Monteiro has traveled to Curitiba in Brazil for the opening round of the WTCC. "I come from a really different sport and I wanted to get to know all the components of the team and gain knowledge of the format of a hectic WTCC race meeting before going into the real battle," Monteiro said.

Tiago Monteiro has now completed three test sessions with his new team: At the Circuito da Catalunya, at Brno in Czech Republic and last week in Ochersleben in Germany. As planned, Tiago will make his WTCC race debut at Zandvoort in the Netherlands (May 5/6), races three and four of the series.

Monteiro said, "It's quite an interesting and difficult challenge to join a new discipline like WTCC. I hope that I will be able to get confortable rapidly in such a different championship and to be amongst the best as soon as possible. I am really grateful to all to have welcomed me as warmly as they have. I can't wait to get to Zandvoort and I hope that my experience will help me greatly, especially in the more challenging street circuit races at Pau and Macau, and on my home circuit of Porto in July. These races will certainly be important to remember in my new career."

-credit: tiagomonteiro.com

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tiago Monteiro , Yvan Muller , Gabriele Tarquini , Jordi Gene , Michel Jourdain