Monteiro celebrates successful Nürburgring Nordschleife WTCR performance

June 08, 2021

by Phil Kinch

It's not often that you see a popular victory at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, however, any time that Tiago Monteiro crosses the finish line in first place is always popular in the WTCR paddock and the Portuguese driver timed his race-winning move on Yvan Muller to perfection.

Starting the reverse grid race from seventh place on the grid, the ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport driver managed to keep out of the various incidents during the race and was ready to pounce when former WTCC team-mate Gabriele Tarquini overcooked his move on Muller for the lead at the end of the second lap.

With this chance opening up before him, the Honda Civic driver was quick to put his plan into action.

"I lost a place at the start but the pace was good and I had the same rhythm as the top four so just stuck with them, then after the contact in front of me I took the chance to get second. Then it was a matter of following Yvan Muller and trying something at the end. It was a good and respectful fight with him, I knew we could race each other fairly," explained Monteiro.

As the field streamed onto the Döttinger Höhe straight, the Portuguese driver moved to the inside to make his pass, whereas Tarquini had tried to pass the Lynk & Co driver on the outside before. Monteiro held on for the last few corners before taking his first win in nearly two years.

The elation was clear on his face as Monteiro celebrated his win once he was back in the pitlane.

"It's fantastic to start the season with a win, I felt a lot of adrenaline today. It was one of those great races where you try to plan everything in your head and it all works out - it doesn't happen often, especially not here," said Monteiro.

"The car was very good, so thank you to ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport, Honda, and to JAS Motorsport as well for the updates over the winter."

When adding in his eighth-place finish from race two, Monteiro lies in second place in the driver's championship, six points behind leader and race two winner Jean-Karl Vernay.

The next round of the 2021 FIA World Touring Car Cup - WTCR moves onto the former home of the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Circuito do Estoril and is Tiago's home event.

Image Credit: DPPI Images / FIA WTCR


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