A Difficult Start at Curitiba Augusto Farfus Denies Tiago Monteiro a Good Result Victim of the excessive optimism of Augusto Farfus, who violently collided with him while carelessly returning to the track after a shunt at the start of the...
A Difficult Start at Curitiba
Augusto Farfus Denies Tiago Monteiro a Good Result
Victim of the excessive optimism of Augusto Farfus, who violently collided with him while carelessly returning to the track after a shunt at the start of the first race, Tiago Monteiro had to DNF in the first race, and be content 13th place in the second leg of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), this weekend at Curitiba (Brazil).
The disappointment was all the more cruel since Tiago had made a perfect start to the championship and could have expected a podium in Brazil after adapting in the blink of an eye to the Brazilian circuit, as well as to the SEAT Leon TDI. Seventh in qualifying, just 0.463 seconds from the pole position, Tiago complained of a lack of stability in the front end of his car. "At the end of the first laps I understood that we did not have the best settings and that it would be complicated to fight for the pole position. What's more, the track temperature was higher than expected and had an impact on the performance of the tyres. Nevertheless my goal was reached since I was in the top ten," Tiago explained.
Tiago made a blistering flying start in the first race and threaded his way from 7th to 4th place even before the first corner. But he was the innocent victim of a violent contact with Augusto Farfus, who had lost control of his BMW and was coming back on the track despite all safety and sporting rules. With the front left wheel torn off, the SEAT Leon No. 18 car limped into its garage for a long repair. "It's situation where a normal race ends abnormally. Farfus had left the track and hit me by cutting off my trajectory while I was entering the curve," Tiago explained. "This excess of optimism cost me dearly; it can happen to anyone but I hope that it won't happen again and that I have already had my dose of bad luck for 2008!"
Once the SEAT Leon No. 18 car was repaired, Tiago showed that he could have been a contender for the win, by recording the fastest race lap for the SEAT team with a time of 1:25.307. After this DNF, he had to start at 17th on the starting grid for the second race. Tiago had another excellent start and moved up to 14th place in the 3rd lap. He gained another place but could not hope for more on a track heated to 29, which accelerated tyre wear.
For SEAT, the weekend was positive and promising with the victories of Yvan Muller and Gabriele Tarquini. This result confirms the team's objectives, as Tiago Monteiro pointed out, "Yvan and SEAT are at the top of the championship, which is super, but I am very disappointed not to score any points. It's very frustrating to get familiar with the track and the car so quickly, to have such a good start and to be the fastest in the race and to go home without one single point. But this set-back is not going to take away my motivation, there are twenty-two races left!"
The start of the championship was held in a country often referred to as the lung of the planet and served to reinforce the FIA WTCC's commitment to preserving and protecting the environment. In fact it is teamed up with the "Make Cars Green" movement. The international campaign aims to reduce the emissions of harmful gases by touring cars.
The FIA WTCC is now off to Mexico and the Puebla circuit where the next two races will be held on April 4th and 6th.