Tiago Monteiro covers over 1200km in the Honda Civic

"We’ve done a lot of miles and didn’t encounter any sort of problem"


By Olivier Ferret

19 February 2013 - 07:20
Tiago Monteiro covers over 1200km (...)

Tiago Monteiro was behind the wheel of the Honda Civic for three days of intensive work on the Aragon circuit in Spain this week, the Portuguese driver covering more than 1200km with his new 2013 challenger.

The three days were a complete and productive test ahead of the upcoming 2013 FIA World Touring Car Championship season. Together with his teammate Gabriele Tarquini and JAS Honda Motorsports, Monteiro took to the track to review the latest evolution of the Honda Civic before the opening round of the FIA WTCC in March.

Tiago Monteiro was satisfied with the quantity and quality of work done by the team and underlines: "We’ve done a lot of miles and didn’t encounter any sort of problem. This is very positive. We worked closely together on every aspect of the car and the gearbox, new shocks, electronics etc ... We completed a few qualifying and racing simulations, it was a very comprehensive test."

In addition to working on track, the team spent time analyzing the data and this meticulous and critical job definitely bore fruit. "We have made a step forward and I am very pleased with the progress," says Tiago Monteiro. "To date, this has been the most productive test. We are on the right track, but we have no way of comparing it with our competitors because we were the only ones on track in Aragon. But the figures and references we have indicate that we are more competitive."

Tiago Monteiro will participate in another test session at the end of the month at the Monza racetrack, which will host the first round of the 2013 FIA WTCC on the 23rd and 24th of March.


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