FIA World Touring Car Championship leader Tiago Monteiro has been hospitalised after a test crash at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
The Portuguese driver crashed at the first corner of the Montmeló circuit during an in-season test session on Wednesday, according to a statement issued by the Honda WTCC team.
“Tiago was extracted from the car and – following an assessment at the circuit medical centre – was taken, fully conscious and without any broken bones, to a local hospital, where he remains under observation,” the statement said.
“An MRI scan, conducted today (Friday, September 8), detected no injuries, but as a precaution he has been advised to remain in hospital for the weekend to begin his recuperation.
“He will be reassessed on Monday, after which a transfer to a facility in Portugal will be discussed.”
With a lengthy gap to the next round of the 2017 championship season at the new Ningbo circuit in China in mid-October, Monteiro is expected to “return to full fitness”, Honda adds.
Monteiro currently leads the Drivers’ Championship standings by 12 points over Volvo driver Thed Björk.
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