The Portuguese driver Tiago Monteiro, who has been away from the track since September 2017, when he suffered a serious accident in Barcelona, returns to the competition in Suzuka on 27 and 28 October.
Tiago Monteiro, who is competing in the WTCR (World Touring Car Championship), will be at the Grand Prix of Japan at the wheel of the Honda Civic Type R TCR of Boutsen Ginion Racing which in the last races was held by Benjamin Lessennes and Ma Qinghua.
“There are no words to describe the feeling of being back. There were times when everything seemed more complicated, but I never lost hope or focus,” he told reporters.
The driver, who in 2005 earned the top spot in a Formula One race with a third place in the United States, suffered a serious accident at the WTCC in 2017 (former title) when he led the race.
The crash happened at a Honda test session, forcing Tiago Monteiro to miss the last World Cup and all season of 2018, until his announced return.
“To have been all year long in the tests where I should be running and not doing it, it ripped me, but it also gave me even more strength and motivation, so I’m sure all my feelings will be on the blossom the skin in Suzuka, “said the 42-year-old.
In the Japanese track, in the penultimate event of the championship, Tiago Monteiro intends to make a cautious return, without sports objectives.
“I especially want to have fun and feel comfortable with my progress so that I can return in 2019 on a full-time basis,” he added, thanking everyone who has supported him for the last 13 months.