Puebla: Tiago Monteiro qualifying report

Tiago Monteiro on the third row in Puebla Tough races in prospect for SEAT Sport Tiago Monteiro recorded the sixth best time in qualifying for the second round of the 2009 FIA World Touring Car Championship on the Puebla circuit in Mexico....

Tiago Monteiro on the third row in Puebla

Tough races in prospect for SEAT Sport

Tiago Monteiro recorded the sixth best time in qualifying for the second round of the 2009 FIA World Touring Car Championship on the Puebla circuit in Mexico. With a time of 1:38.21, the Portuguese driver will share the third line of the starting grid for the first race with the reigning champion of the series Frenchman Yvan Muller.

Tiago underlined the difficulties SEAT Sport has had to deal with on a track which, on paper, should have played in its favour:

"This is a rather difficult weekend so far. My SEAT Leon was not well balanced at the beginning and it was complicated to find the best lines. Thankfully we found a better set-up for qualifying and we were more competitive for the first crucial session of the weekend. But in Puebla we felt the negative effects of the new rules on our car for the first time. In previous years, racing in this altitude helped our turbo diesel engine but it was not the case this year! We have to wait and see what the first race will do to us, securing points and getting into a good position for the second race will be my aim. If my tyres are not destroyed too quickly then we should be able to get a decent result."

Both races of the second round of the FIA WTCC will be broadcasted on Eurosport at 5:45PM and 9:30PM.

-credit: tiagomonteiro.com

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tiago Monteiro , Yvan Muller