Fourth place in the championship is the ultimate goal
Excitement takes place this weekend at the legendary Guia Circuit in Macau for the last race of the 2014 FIA World Touring Car Championship, WTCC, season. Tiago Monteiro returns to a circuit where he is usually successful with the aim of securing fourth place in this year's Championship, the main purpose for this journey.
There are five drivers who can still take fourth place, the best position available after the three Citroen racers. The Portuguese driver has often been the best of the rest this year and is expecting to end the season the same way, but for that to happen there is still a lot of work to do for what will more than likely be the toughest weekend of the season. "The races in Macau are always a real lottery for good and bad. It is an atypical layout with many bumps, lack of grip and the walls are too close. It's a track that demands respect and where errors are way too costly. Concentration is critical to success here," Tiago, who is already in Macau, explained.
Therefore adapting to the track in practice will be the key: "We cannot lose track time. It is important to run as much as possible before going into qualifying or the races. You must start off cautiously, adjusting the car to the track and being skillful in driving... I know the layout and I know what awaits me," he continued.
Through all of this, Tiago's main purpose is to focus on both Championships: "There is an unbridled struggle for fourth place, and it is very important to maintain this position we have had since the beginning of the season. I'll look to do the best I can and have two good races," concluded the Honda Civic #18 driver, well aware of the work that needs to be done to develop the car from the moment he steps out on track.
The weekend's program in Macau is always different from the other rounds. The qualifying session will take place on Friday, November 14th at 7am with live coverage broadcasted on Eurosport. The races then take place on Sunday, November 16th at 3 and 4 am.