Oct 06

WTCC leader Monteiro: this crash hurt (updated)

Tiago Monteiro working hard on his recovery

WTCC leader Monteiro: this crash hurtFIA World Touring Car Championship leader Tiago Monteiro has spoken for the first time about his testing crash at Circuit Barcelona-de Catalunya last month.

Monteiro was nearing the end of a mid-season test day at the Spanish Grand Prix venue when a technical issue caused his Honda Civic WTCC to leave the track, hospitalising the Portuguese racer and resulting in a lengthy period of recuperation.

“I’ve been racing for 20 years and I’ve had a few crashes,” Monteiro said in an interview on the WTCC’s official Facebook page. “But after 20 years this was the first time that I really got hurt.

“At the end of the [main straight], which is probably the hardest braking point of the race track, I had no brakes. We had a technical issue. It’s a really strange feeling to have no brakes because your body is waiting for a de-acceleration and nothing happens. So it was not the ideal point or that to happen because you are at 255kph.

The complete article here on fiawtcc.com

source:  fiawtcc.com


Tiago Monteiro working hard on his recovery

So he can participate in the next WTCC event in China on October 14-15

The last few weeks have been busy with some intense physical recovery work for FIA World Touring Car Championship leader Tiago Monteiro, who is doing everything both possible and impossible in order to recover from an accident during testing for Honda at the Barcelona circuit in Spain.

After a fortnight of hospitalization, the Portuguese driver returned to his home in Porto where he is partaking in a comprehensive physical preparation program before undergoing the final medical examination next week, which will enable doctors to accurately assess his physical condition. It is then that they will either give the go ahead for him to take part in the next round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in China on 14 and 15 October or not.

Tiago hopes to be fully recovered and able to climb behind the wheel and defend his first place in the championship. “I am confident that I can recover in time, I have done everything I can to be as ready as possible, but I also know that the final decision lies with the doctors, so I will continue to work hard because my body has responded the best way it can with the treatments I’ve had in recent weeks. It has been very tough but I’m hoping to be on the starting grid of the Chinese races. I will face this medical test with serenity as I want to resume the rest of my scheduled competition program,” concluded the Portuguese driver.

source: tiagomonteiro.com