Tiago Monteiro will remain in the World Touring Car Championship for a sixth successive season after agreeing to terms to drive for the newly-named Tuenti Racing Team, which will field a pair of SEAT León 1.6T challengers for the Portuguese driver and his Spanish team-mate Pepe Oriola.
The outfit – previously known as SUNREED Engineering – will remain under the ownership of the Spanish racing team, with whom Monteiro has been racing for the past two seasons.
The team will run SEAT’s new turbo engines for the 2012 season, along with the two-car operations from the Lukoil Racing and Special Tune Racing teams.
“I am very pleased to be renewing my contract with SEAT Tuenti Racing Team,” Monteiro is quoted as saying.
“It’s an extension that is pretty obvious from a competitive and commercial standpoint. The brand is increasingly committed to the championship and the best proof of that is that the improvements made to the car this year are significant: a new engine and several major technical developments.”
The Porto-born driver will have a brief test with the team before next weekend’s season-opener at Monza.
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