Tiago Monteiro is looking to score as many points as he can during the forthcoming Marrakech race weekend, the second weekend of the season for the 2010 FIA World Touring Car Championship.
Monteiro hasn't raced since the opening round of the Championship in Curitiba, Brazil at the beginning of March after the cancellation of the Mexican round due to safety fears.
After Curitiba, Monteiro is currently eighth in the drivers' Championship and looking ahead to rounds three and four at the 4.6km Marrakech street circuit, the Portuguese star is looking for a strong weekend: “Last year, this track was not very nice to SEAT but it was the first time we were here so we gathered some important data. I hope we’ll make the most of it but I don’t expect this weekend to be a walk in the park” Tiago explained. “But I’m still confident I will be able to get a good result and secure points. We can’t wait to get going after such a long break, which seems like an eternity to me.”
With the FIA Formula Two Championship supporting the WTCC this weekend, the circuit has undergone some modifications which will have consequences for the WTCC this weekend. This will be the second running of the Marrakech race, after the 2009 races last season. Before the 2009 FIA WTCC races, the last FIA sanctioned race event to take place in Morocco was the 1958 FIA Formula One Grand Prix Moroccan Grand Prix.
The SR-Sport driver has already confirmed that Marrakech could be a very different proposition compared to 2009 and that the visit to the African city is a big step for the Championship: “Marrakech is a very special place because of where the track is and also because the fans, which are always enthusiastic, can watch very competitive races. We don’t know yet what the adjustments made to the circuit will bring us but sometimes the smallest change can make all the difference to a crucial curve. We must not forget it is a street circuit and that the margin for error is narrower than anywhere else.”
The race action this weekend will be shown live on Eurosport, with qualifying due to start at 3pm, with scattered showers expected while the races will be live at 2.20pm and 3.35pm on Sunday.