Former F1 driver Tiago Monteiro has finally confirmed he will contest a fifth season in Tiago Monteiro has been re-signed to SUNRED Engineeringthe World Touring Car Championship, after agreeing to a deal to continue with SUNRED Engineering.

Monteiro joined the works SEAT squad in 2007 after his time in Formula 1, and the announcement means he is the fifth driver to competing for the team full-time ahead of the 2011 season kick-off in late March at Brazil.

Monteiro took two race wins in the 2010 season with SUNRED en route to finishing fifth overall in the championship standings.

The team will start the season with the 2.0-litre turbodiesel powerplant is ran in its SEAT Leóns in 2010, before the outfit progressively switches its drivers to the 1.6-litre turbocharged engines that now form part of the championship’s new regulations.

Rival outfits from Chevrolet and BMW will also run their own turbocharged units for this season.

“I am happy that SEAT and our partners have put their trust on me and I am delighted to race one more year in a championship which is, by all means, one of the very best in the world,” he said when the announcement was made.

“2011 will be an extension of 2010, with the same technical structure and the same conditions. I want to profit from the experience I have acquired over the past few years and translate that into my best raw results.”

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