Comeback exceeded expectations, says WTCR hero Monteiro
Honda-powered Tiago Monteiro said his return to racing at WTCR JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan exceeded his expectations. Monteiro, out of action since sustaining serious head and neck injuries in a testing crash in Spain in September 2017, scored a weekend-best P11 in Race 3.
Afterwards the Portuguese said: “I gained confidence with the car and with myself [throughout the weekend]. I pushed myself to the limit to see where I was, with fourth fastest lap in race two and fighting for the points in Race 3 in that big group. I enjoyed it so much, it exceeded my expectations and I am very happy about it.”
Boutsen Ginion Racing-run Monteiro received a hero’s welcome from the WTCR OSCARO family with Race 2 winner Rob Huff using the post-race press conference to praise his one-time team-mate. “To achieve what he has achieved after only 18 months after a life-changing crash and to perform as he has this weekend, the whole championship is very proud of you, mate, so well done.”