Tiago Monteiro Drives the SEAT Leon TDI in the South of Spain Tiago Monteiro took part in two days of intensive work under the SEAT Sport testing program for the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). The tests took place on the Monteblanco...
Tiago Monteiro Drives the SEAT Leon TDI in the South of Spain
Tiago Monteiro took part in two days of intensive work under the SEAT Sport testing program for the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). The tests took place on the Monteblanco circuit, located about 50 km from Seville, where the Portuguese driver devoted himself to perfecting the car he is driving in the WTCC.
Tiago completed 80 laps of the 5600 m long track, which comes to a total of 448 km covered. The fundamental work was not made easy by the poor adherence of a new track which has not yet been driven on much. The Spanish team's tests were intended to gather data on a track which helps it study the cars' traction. SEAT precisely analyzed the behavior of the SEAT Leon equipped with a new suspension geometry, new shocks, and a new version of the TDI engine. In addition to Tiago Monteiro, Jordi Gene, and Ricard Rydell worked together to help the SEAT Leon TDI evolve.
At the end of the second day, Tiago Monteiro had the feeling of a job accomplished and made a positive analysis, saying:
"It is always good when we finish tests knowing that things went well. I drove a lot and it enabled us to improve various aspects of the Leon TDI. The track is fairly slippery and the first day it was almost impossible to hold car in the corners. But we did well in helping our car evolve and we succeeded in adapting to conditions which are pretty similar to what we will have at Puebla. Obviously, all the results achieved in testing do not necessarily translate in races, but the steps we are making are positive so far. I am also satisfied from a personal point of view because each kilometer behind the wheel of the car represents a new experience. At the end of the second day we managed to make the best time, which demonstrates that the technical solutions that we adopted are good and that my adaptation to the diesel engine is continuing in the right direction."
The next driving session on Tiago's schedule will be the next leg in the FIA WTCC. The Puebla Circuit in Mexico will host the 3rd and 4th races, on April 4 and 6. SEAT Sport is leading the drivers' and constructors' championships and Tiago will have a decisive role in the team effort that has set its objective as winning the title this year.