Chaos in race one ruins Tiago's weekend Double DNF at Imola Author of the 5th best time in qualifying at Imola, Tiago Monteiro had hoped to play a vital role for SEAT Sport in the final round of the European leg of the FIA World Touring Car ...
Chaos in race one ruins Tiago's weekend
Double DNF at Imola
Author of the 5th best time in qualifying at Imola, Tiago Monteiro had hoped to play a vital role for SEAT Sport in the final round of the European leg of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). However, despite a good start on the Italian track, contact with Augusto Farfus in the first turn put an end to the SEAT Leon TDI no.5 driver's aspirations and instead he was forced to retire.
Consequently, Tiago started the second race from the bottom of the grid, but after having made up almost ten places, he came up behind Boardman and once again he tried to overtake. However, instead of making up a position as hoped, Tiago left the track at more than 200km/h in a spectacular accident that was thankfully without any injury to the driver.
Nevertheless, Tiago underlined that the result from Imola was positive for SEAT Sport who will now go to Japan with two drivers, Gabriele Tarquini and Yvan Muller, firmly positioned in the first two places of the championship: "It was one of those weekends when I could have secured a lot of points but I did not get any because of two errors from other drivers. In the first race, Farfus tapped me and I couldn't do anything about it because with all the confusion I was left with nowhere to go," explained Tiago, "Then Boardman moved back to the inside where I was trying to get past in Rivazza. I left the track at more than 220km/h and I must admit I am very happy that I came out of that unscathed. These two accidents cost me a lot of points but at least SEAT Sport made the most out of the weekend. We secured more points than BMW in both championships and it was very important to be able to do this before the Japanese races where our main adversary should be more at ease. We are 21 points ahead of them and the team's strategy continues to prove reliable. In Japan and Macao, my objective will be to get the maximum amount of points for SEAT Sport and maintain my position in the top ten of the general classification."
The next races of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) will take place on the circuit of Okayama, on November 1.