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