Tiago Monteiro on pole in China

"We are more competitive in the race than we are in qualifying"

The penultimate round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship, which takes place this weekend at the Shanghai International Circuit, promised to be difficult for Tiago Monteiro. With a weight handicap added to his Honda Civic, the Portuguese driver knew he had to have an error free weekend in order to fight with the best. With the help of Honda and JAS Motorsport, Tiago took up the challenge and displayed a great pace that earned him pole position for the second race and 10th place on the grid for the first Chinese event.

Tiago Monteiro, Honda Civic Super 2000 TC, Honda Racing Team Jas
Tiago Monteiro, Honda Civic Super 2000 TC, Honda Racing Team Jas

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After recording the eighth fastest time in the three free practice sessions, Tiago Monteiro was gaining ground in the first qualifying session by setting the third fastest time. During the second session, the 40kg added weight and the configuration of the Shanghai International Circuit prevented him from fighting with the leaders so he intelligently decided to change strategy and fight for 10th place, which then turns into pole position in race two, thanks to the reverse grid rule.

"The results are excellent given the circumstances," confirmed Tiago. "During the first session, we showed the full potential of the Civic and in the second, the gap to the leaders was just too big and I knew I would not be able to fight for a place in the top 5. So I tried for 10th place instead and it worked perfectly well!"

With 31 cars due to take the start tomorrow the Honda driver will have some formidable opponents and he is well aware that the task will not be an easy one however he remains determined and optimistic.

"We are more competitive in the race than we are in qualifying. The difference to our opponents is less in these conditions, but keep in mind that there are 6 Chevrolets in the top 10 and they are about a second faster than us, which will greatly reduce the chances of a podium. But I will fight until the end and I will try to put on a good show and minimize the damage as much as possible," concluded Tiago Monteiro.

The Shanghai races will be broadcast live on Eurosport, Sunday, Nov. 3 , at 7:30 and 8:15 am.

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tiago Monteiro
Article type Qualifying report
Tags honda, monteiro, shanghai, wtcc