Frustrating Sunday at Brno Fourth, Tiago Monteiro falls out of top 10 Tiago Monteiro did not score any points at Brno, the fifth meeting of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). The SEAT official driver had known that the Czech ...
Frustrating Sunday at Brno
Fourth, Tiago Monteiro falls out of top 10
Tiago Monteiro did not score any points at Brno, the fifth meeting of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). The SEAT official driver had known that the Czech circuit would not suit the Leon TDI, but driving at the limits and an excellent set-up enabled him to start from the third row in the first race. As usual, Tiago had made a good rolling start and had gained two places coming in the first corner. But his teammate Gabriele Tarquini brushed him and forced him to control his car in a slide approaching rally style. His Leon TDI No. 18 car had lost its front skirt, so it was difficult to control in Brno's fast curves, and Tiago lost several places in the incident.
"Frustrating, that's the word that best sums up Brno for me this year. This weekend was very disappointing because sixth place on the grid was the result for the tireless work of the SEAT Sport team and myself in the thirty minutes of qualifying. I also managed to pick up speed in the rolling start and surprised several cars. I had a hard time believing that the contact that ruined my weekend came from Gabriele. I barely managed to avoid a shunt. At the end of the race Gabriele came up to apologize but the harm had been done. I could have envisioned a podium in the first corner, and a few meters later I was no longer in the points."
Twelfth on the starting grid for the second race, Tiago knew it would be complicated to return to the top eight and score points. Eleventh in the first lap, he was caught in the heart of the action and was no longer able to gain a place.
"It was like a stock car race! Contacts were constant, there was a lot of overtaking and with my tires that were starting to degrade the points of braking were unpredictable because I didn't know what trajectory the car in front of me was going to take. Despite the adrenaline I managed to keep my place and adopting a more aggressive attitude would not have enabled me to score any points. I look forward to Estoril hoping that things will finally change since I have had my share of bad luck for six races now. The taste will be different in front of my fans, and I hope that it will be a bit like champagne even."
The FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) moves on to Portugal on July 11-13. Seventy-five thousand people are expected to show up to encourage and help Tiago put a full stop at the end of the bad-luck streak.