The leader of the championship WTCC, Tiago Monteiro first told about the accident, which was on the tests in Barcelona a month ago.
Two weeks Portuguese rider was in the hospital, and his participation at the forthcoming stage in Ningbo remains in question. As a result of strong overload Monteiro received a so-called whiplash neck injury – damage to the ligaments and intervertebral joints.
“It happened on the last series of laps in the final day of testing, which, of course, amazing – quotes AUTOSPORT Monteiro. – Braking at the end of the main straight I had no brakes. It happened not at the right time, because this place is always trying to brake as late as possible, and the speed was 250 km/h.
I still tried to Dodge from the wall, turning right in the direction of the second turn, but after jumping on the grass, the car skidded. First, the car hit back and then side. Congestion was very high. I got bruises right side of the body but the most affected cervical spine. It was very painful, like I just knocked out.
I’m 20 years are in a race, was involved in a serious accident in ChampCar, Formula 1 and even in the WTCC, as on the Nordschleife [in 2016]. But the first time I was seriously injured”.
In an interview with TouringCarTimes last Wednesday, the Portuguese hoped that will be able to perform on the stage of the WTCC, which will be held 13-15 October in China.
“I want to tour China, he said. Will see how I feel, but of course the final word for doctors. If they think that I’m not fully recovered yet and it is unsafe, then obviously do not give permission for participation. But still deep down I hope to get back on track”.
After the six first stages Monteiro 12 points ahead of nearest rival Ted Bjork.
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