Oschersleben: Tiago Monteiro preview

The FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) resumes competition this weekend following a four-week break. The Oschersleben circuit, located some 30 kilometers from Magdeburg, Germany, will be the setting for the 15th and 16th legs of the ...

The FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) resumes competition this weekend following a four-week break. The Oschersleben circuit, located some 30 kilometers from Magdeburg, Germany, will be the setting for the 15th and 16th legs of the championship. Since his third podium of the season at Anderstorp, Tiago Monteiro has not stayed idle.

In addition to his physical training and several PR events, the SEAT Sport driver took part in a tennis tournament, featuring a few former stars of the sport, including such big names as Bjorn Borg, Thomas Muster, and Cedric Pioline. Paired up with Bjorn Borg, the seven-time winner of the French Open, and five-time Wimbledon winner, Tiago won the doubles match against Muster and Sousa (a Dakar specialist).

"I didn't have many role models when I was younger, but I must confess that Bjorn Borg was an example for me in my youth. So, when Caixa Geral de Depositos invited me to take part in this tennis tournament at Vale de Lobo in the Algarve, I jumped at the opportunity!" Tiago explains, "It was an unforgettable experience. Bjorn and Thomas still hit the ball very hard. Seen from the court, their technique is a real marvel for a fan! I got a lot of advice on my tennis, and now I just have to put that advice to use!"

As true auto racing fans, Borg and Muster asked Tiago if it was possible to reverse their roles, and have the Portuguese driver of the SEAT Leon No.18 car show them the joys of driving a race car. "It wasn't possible at Vale do Lobo, but they will take a rain check!" Tiago promised, before diving into preparations for the Oschersleben event. "My good results at Anderstorp earned me 35 extra kilos at Oschersleben, but those are the rules! It is a fairly technical route where you can't hesitate to get on the curbs to score a good time. The Seat Leon should handle well thanks to its great chassis, and so I am optimistic even though I know it will be hard to get on the podium again."

-credit: tiagomonteiro.com

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