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Monteiro joins forces with KCMG in WTCR after fighting back from serious injury

2019-02-24T22:47:27+01:00February 25th, 2019|2019|

Having impressed on his competitive comeback at WTCR JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan last October after 415 days of fighting to recover from serious injuries sustained in a testing crash in September 2017, Tiago Monteiro will embark on a full WTCR / OSCARO season with the Honda-powered KCMG organisation.

The 42-year-old, a podium finisher in Formula One, has 11 WTCC victories to his name and was on course to win the 2017 WTCC title until the accident at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya left the Portuguese fearing he would never drive again.

“It’s incredibly exciting to return to racing full time this year with KCMG and Honda and to welcome a young, fast and determined team-mate in Attila, who I know will be great to work with,” said Monteiro. “KCMG may be new to WTCR, but they have a fantastic track record in every form of motorsport they’ve contested plus a huge amount of touring car experience within the team, so we should be competitive from the first event.

“It’s been a long road to recovery, but the support I’ve been shown throughout by Honda, the WTCR and the entire motorsport family has been incredible. Attending the events when I wasn’t racing was tough, and my comeback in Japan was incredibly emotional. It’s been a tough journey, but I have no doubt that I’m stronger and more motivated than I’ve ever been and eager to win the championship that was taken away from me by injury in 2017.”