Monteiro on course for WTCR action after “incredibly tough” times

Monteiro on course for WTCR action after “incredibly tough” times

12/02/2018 at 05:00Updated 12/02/2018 at 05:03

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Tiago Monteiro’s racing return moved a step closer last week – after six “incredibly tough months”.

Monteiro was announced as Boutsen Ginion Racing’s first signing for the inaugural WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup as he continues his comeback from serious injuries sustained in a testing crash in Spain last September.

“Since I first worked with Honda in 2012, I feel we’ve been getting stronger and stronger by the season and by last year we were in a very good place to win the championship before my accident,” said the 41-year-old from Portugal. “The past six months have been incredibly tough, but thanks to some amazing support I’m now well on my way to getting back in a racing car. I can’t wait to drive the car and for the season to start.”

Monteiro is set to drive a Honda Civic TCR this season and WTCR promoter François Ribeiro welcomed the news: “It’s another important step for Tiago Monteiro as he continues his comeback to full fitness.

“Tiago was on course to win the World Touring Car Championship last season until his injuries forced him to miss the title run-in. It’s great he’s back on track after what was a very tough period. He’s preparing to challenge for the world crown that eluded him in 2017. We wish him well.”

WTCR season one kicks-off at the Circuit Moulay El Hassan in Marrakech from 7-8 April.