The battle continues for Tiago Monteiro at Barcelona Only a couple of weeks after his brilliant performance at Estoril, Portugal, pocketing a win, a runner up finish and two poles, the Portuguese driver, Tiago Monteiro heads on to the Spanish ...
The battle continues for Tiago Monteiro at Barcelona
Only a couple of weeks after his brilliant performance at Estoril, Portugal, pocketing a win, a runner up finish and two poles, the Portuguese driver, Tiago Monteiro heads on to the Spanish track of Barcelona, to run this weekends round of the World Series Nissan. The Portuguese driver currently holds the second championship standing and wishes to maintain the high standard of results attained until now.
This will be yet another opportunity for the Minardi test driver to reduce the gap from the current championship leader Heikki Kovalainen, with only three rounds to go, being six races and 90 points: "My goal is to get the best possible result. I want to be at the top of the chart so I can come closer to Kovalainen, even though I know I cannot disregard his driving abilities and I know he won't make life easy for me. I want to focus mainly on finding a good set up for the qualifying since this round will be organized more or less like the Formula One race, meaning, one driver on track at each time for just one lap. We know that a good starting position is half way to the win. For now all I'm thinking of is Saturdays practices" started by saying Tiago Monteiro.
The Cataluna track is quite similar to the Estoril layout, motivating and giving confidence to both the Carlin Motorsport and Tiago Monteiro: "I know I count on the Carlin Motorsport team to do the best Job. I trust them and I know that together we can manage a balanced and competitive car for this track." Remarked Monteiro, who starts the race with somewhat of a disadvantage to his adversaries who have been testing on this track last week.
Tiago Monteiro"s racing weekend starts this Friday with two free practices. On Saturday there will be the qualifying sessions for Sundays races that begin at 11h45 (17 laps) and again at 14h15 (24 laps), being the longest pit stop between the 5th and 16th lap. Both races will be televised and broadcasted by SportTV at 16h00 and again at 16h50 on Sunday, October 3rd.
<pre> World Series by Nissan after 12 legs: 1st H. Kovalainen (Fin) 120 points 2nd Tiago Monteiro (Por) 93 3rd E.Bernoldi (Bra) 89 4th J.C.Ravier (Fra) 76 5th T. Gommendy (Fra) 68 6th N. Karthikeyan (Ind) 53 7th J. Alvarez (Arg) 51 8th O. Pla (Fra) 44 9th F. Porteiro (SPA) 36 10th A. Valles (SPA) 25