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.

Tiago Monteiro, Honda Civic Super 2000 TC, Honda Racing Team Jas race winner
Tiago Monteiro, Honda Civic Super 2000 TC, Honda Racing Team Jas race winner

Photo by: XPB Images

At the finish line, Tiago's satisfaction was immense, both in the sporting and personal level. "I could have been on the top step of the podium on one or two other occasions, but the victory waited until today to arrive. It's a great win, secured on a circuit where we thought it would be impossible to win. The race was very difficult. After a good start, Gabriele Tarquini was not an easy opponent for me to beat. He constantly attacked and the instructions from the team were to fight for the win, with fair play of course. It makes this win even more special. Honda should also be commended for their hat-trick of podium finishes!" Tiago smiled.

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.

Tiago Monteiro