Brands Hatch: Tiago Monteiro preview

Tiago Monteiro in Brands Hatch with WTCC Portuguese racer aiming to continue momentum The coming weekend will see Tiago Monteiro will take part in the 8th round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship at the Brands Hatch circuit in the...

Tiago Monteiro in Brands Hatch with WTCC

Portuguese racer aiming to continue momentum

The coming weekend will see Tiago Monteiro will take part in the 8th round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship at the Brands Hatch circuit in the United Kingdom. After having secured a total of 27 points over the past three race weekend, which represents the 3rd best out of the thirty drivers currently contesting the championship, the SEAT Leon TDI no.5 driver is determined to continue helping his team defend the manufacturers title. "Brands Hatch is a circuit that I like and I think our car should be competitive here," Tiago explains. "The championship is still open and even though we have to cope with unexpected difficulties, our race pace has always been good. On a personal level, I am very motivated. Even more after two podiums in Valencia and Brno and after having secured points in both races in Oporto. My aim will be to score as many points as possible. I would like to climb onto the podium at Brands Hatch but it's only when we start the practice session that we'll have a better picture about what is or is not realistic. But I'm confident we can enjoy a good weekend."

With Yvan Muller at the head of the drivers' championship and an advantage of 17 points over BMW in the manufacturer's battle, SEAT Sport is dominating both championships but Tiago knows that each point will be vital in order to safeguard both crowns. With ten races still to run in the season, there are still many points left to distribute and the smallest grain of sand can throw a spanner in the works.

"Two years ago we lost the title at the last race in Macau," Tiago reminisced. "Last year we thoroughly developed the diesel engine and we were the team to beat. But things are different in '09 and we feel that we have to push even harder to keep fighting at the front. There are some tracks where it is almost impossible and others where we are able to use the full potential of our SEAT Leon TDI. As for me, I take the championship race by race and the next one is always the most important. The World Touring Car Championship is a series where experience plays a key role and the driver can feel the evolution."

Weather forecasters have predicted a downpour during the entire weekend, but somewhat less in intensity on Sunday. The 15th and 16th races of the FIA World Touring Car Championship will be broadcasted on the Eurosport chain, with delayed qualifying on Saturday at 5:30 PM and the races live on Sunday at 11:45 AM and 1:30 PM U.K. time.

-credit: tiagomonteiro.com

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tiago Monteiro , Yvan Muller