Tiago Monteiro will have to wait for at least one more round in the 2012 FIA World Touring Car Championship before he can get his hands on SEAT’s new 1.6-litre turbo engine.
The championship regroups next weekend after a long summer recess for the Race of Brazil at Curitiba, with Monteiro still left as the only one of SEAT’s runners not to be running the new engine.
SEAT’s line-up will be expanded by one car for the South American round, courtesy of the return of FIA European Touring Car Cup champion Fernando Monje to its ranks.
Despite having only competed one round all season, Monje will be prioritised to receive SEAT’s new engine ahead of Monteiro, who has been running last year’s SUNRED-developed engine, which is significantly down on power to its successor.
Despite the obvious power deficit, Monteiro has performed well in recent rounds, having claimed five top-eight finishes in the last six races to move to ninth overall in the Drivers’ Championship, the third-best-placed SEAT driver in the points’ race.