Swift repairs put Monteiro back on track at WTCR Race of France – .

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Swift repairs put Monteiro back on track at WTCR Race of France – .



Tiago Monteiro has to thank his ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport mechanics after their heroic efforts saw the Portuguese take the grid for Race 2 of WTCR Race of France with just 30 seconds ahead.

Starting from 10th on the grid in Race 1, Monteiro got off to a great start and was battling for eighth when the contact at the approach to the Turn 3 hairpin sent his Honda Civic Type R TCR into the the trackside barriers at high speed.Monteiro was not injured, but the broken right rear suspension on impact meant he wouldn’t go any further in Race 1, while his hopes of taking The start of Race 2 relied on its mechanics working frantically during the allotted repair time to repair the damage.
Fortunately, they succeeded with a 30-second lead, which allowed Monteiro to take 11th place on the grid for Race 2 at Circuit Pau-Arnos. He eventually finished in P12 after another contact knocked him back.

“It was an interesting weekend and the races, as expected, were tough,” said Monteiro, two-time winner of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup race. “Unfortunately I had a hit in the first race that put me in the wall. I thought it was over after that but the team and mechanics did a fantastic job fixing the car in a very short time to get me out. I want to say a big thank you to them for that.

“The second race went well; I had a good start and was in the top 10 before being pushed back by another competitor, but here there is no easy overtaking – it’s just boring it cost me three places. Overall it was a shame, but the car felt good and we were at least able to score a few points.

Monteiro Team Manager Domink Greiner added: “The team did a fantastic job fixing Tiago’s car in such a short time to Race 2. Finishing 12th despite more contacts was a small reward.

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