Monteiro To Remain With SUNRED And SEAT

by Peter Allen

Tiago Monteiro will continue to race a SEAT run by the SUNRED team in the 2011 World Touring Car Championship.

The former Formula 1 driver raced for the factory SEAT team between 2007 and 2009 and then continued to race for the Spanish brand in 2010 when the privateer SUNRED outfit took over the programme following SEAT's withdrawal as a factory team.

The 34-year-old Portuguese driver enjoyed his most successful campaign in the WTCC to date last year, winning twice and finishing fifth in the overall standings. He is pleased to be spending a fifth consecutive season racing a SEAT in the WTCC.

“I am happy that SEAT and our partners have put their trust on me and I am delighted to race one more year in a championship which is, by all means, one of the very best in the world,” said Monteiro. “2011 will be an extension of 2010, with the same technical structure and the same conditions. I want to profit from the experience I have acquired over the past few years and translate that into my best raw results.”

Monteiro will be partner Gabriele Tarquini, Michel Nykjaer, Fredy Barth, Pepe Oriola and Alexey Dudukalo at SUNRED in 2011. He will return to using his traditional number 18 on the side of his car. In addition to his WTCC commitments, Monteiro hopes to take part in other events as he has done before, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and V8 Supercars.

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