Portuguese pride as Monteiro scores emotional WTCR win in Vila Real - resultsl

Portuguese pride as Monteiro scores emotional WTCR win in Vila Real - resultsl

07.07.2019: FIA WTCR Race of Portugal: Race WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO 2019 Rounds 16-18 of 30, Circuito Internacional de Vila Real, 5-7 July Sunday, July 7th 2019 *Honda-powered racer’s heroic recovery from injury rewarded with ho

FIA WTCR Race of Portugal: Race
WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO 2019
Rounds 16-18 of 30, Circuito Internacional de Vila Real, 5-7 July
Sunday, July 7th 2019





*Honda-powered racer’s heroic recovery from injury rewarded with home victory


*Azcona, PWR take first WTCR / OSCARO triumph after Race 2 ‘joker’ goes wrong for Ma


*Guerrieri still leads on the #RoadToMalaysia but Michelisz closes up with Race 1 triumph


*Cyan Lynk & Co drivers Muller and Ehrlacher make emotional podium visit







Tiago Monteiro is the hero of Portugal tonight following his emotionally-charged home win in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO in Vila Real.



Monteiro, who suffered serious head and neck injuries in a testing crash in September 2017 and fought a long and arduous recovery, took the lead when Honda-powered KCMG team-mate Attila Tassi hit trouble with a spark plug issue, holding his nerve to the finish for his first victory since he triumphed in Hungary two years ago.




“God knows how much we worked for this,” said Monteiro. “The accident two years ago – you’ve no idea how hard we worked to come back. I always dreamed of this, but to actually do this… it’s unbelievable. I’m so sad for Attila who could have had his first win, but someone was watching out for me, just as they were in hospital. I lost focus in the last two laps – they were probably the hardest of my career.”



Behind the triumphant Monteiro, Yvan Muller finished second for Cyan Racing Lynk & Co with nephew Yann Ehrlacher joining him on the podium for the first time in a second Lynk & Co 03 TCR. Afterwards, Muller explained that it had been difficult decision to race following the passing of a team technician, who fell ill last night. Both drivers paid tribute following the podium, while a minute’s silence was observed on the grid before Race 2.



Following his Race 1 victory, Norbert Michelisz leaves Vila Real 25 points behind Esteban Guerrieri on the #RoadToMalaysia. Inaugural WTCR / OSCARO winner Mikel Azcona, who took the victory ahead of Ma Qinghua and Guerrieri in Race 2, scooped the TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy. Ma had been leading but an error through the ‘joker’ lap cost him vital time.





Provisional results and standings





What’s next? WTCR Race of China, Ningbo International Speedpark, 13-15 September:










Richard Rodgers, photos WTCR

     

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