Tiago Monteiro and Pedro Mello Breyner are 3rd in GTS 1000 Km of Estoril - third round of the European Le Mans Series The "Racing for Portugal SG Team", composed of Tiago Monteiro, Pedro Mello Breyner and Bobby Verdin-Roe, won the third...
Tiago Monteiro and Pedro Mello Breyner are 3rd in GTS
1000 Km of Estoril - third round of the European Le Mans Series
The "Racing for Portugal SG Team", composed of Tiago Monteiro, Pedro Mello Breyner and Bobby Verdin-Roe, won the third position of the GTS class in the 1000 Km's of Estoril, finishing the event in 11th position overall, a result which does not represent the drivers' performance, as they qualified 6th in Saturday's session. During the race, break problems that started in the first shift, forced two supplementary stops in the pits, and did not allow Tiago Monteiro and Pedro Mello Breyner to end the race in their desired position.
"It was a tough race, but apart from all the break problems that kept us behind, we managed to cut the finishing line. We had to give up our fast rhythm so we could spare the breaks. We were forced to lose a lot of time in the pits and we, therefore, fell from 5th to 15th. It was useless to force our speed, because the break efficiency was almost none and we decided simply to finish the race", explained Tiago Monteiro who did not have the opportunity to show his real potential.
Even though he was unable to meet the desired result, the ELF sponsored driver was nevertheless pleased with his participation in a Portuguese event: "Truthfully it could have been a more gratifying result, but racing in Portugal is always very special, especially since I have run my entire career abroad. This was only the second time I raced in my homeland and I felt a warm welcome from the public. This motivated me even more, but unfortunately our machine wasn't in the best condition and was unable to support us with a result better than the 11th place. Third place in GTS was not what we aimed for. I was planning on a good position and if everything went smoothly I'm sure we could of attained a podium", remarked Tiago Monteiro at the end of the 6-hour race.
Portuguese GT driver, Pedro Mello Breyner, accompanied Monteiro at the wheel of the Chrysler Viper of the Racing For Portugal Team, and followed the Team's orders to spare the breaks: "It was tough to drive `without' breaks, but I soon got used to it although racing at a different rhythm than I expected. The track was very dirty, complicating our job further. We were able to end the race, but it was very dangerous to keep up with both of the Saleen's who were highly competitive", remarked the Somague sponsored driver.
Tiago Monteiro, hopes to have better luck this weekend at his next French Formula 3 Championship race: "I have another F.3 race in Croix-en-Ternois where I hope everything will run 100%".