It was the toughest race of Tiago Monteiro's FIA World Touring Car Championship career, but it was also the most rewarding. The Portuguese driver for the official Honda/Jas Motorsport team secured a brilliant victory at the Shanghai International Circuit and dedicated it to his mother, who suffers from a serious health problem. Tiago shot off from pole position, made it into the corner ahead of his team-mate Gabriele Tarquini, and never looked back.
China's first race had a different configuration with Tiago finishing the event in 11th place after starting from 10th in unprecedented conditions this weekend with the onset of rain and fog. "The strategy was risky because we started the race on slicks. It was all the more difficult being stuck in the midfield and there was no reason to take any risks because we knew our chances of success were slim. We are close to the end of the season now and this victory is very important to me because it shows that we have done a great job and it gives me extra motivation for racing in Macau. I am also looking forward to working with the team again in 2014," said Tiago Monteiro before dedicating his triumph to: "my mother, to give her strength and courage in these difficult times."
The final races of the season will take place at the legendary circuit of Macau from the 15th to the 17th of November.