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Fernando Monje ready to exploit opportunities tomorrow

Fernando Monje scored an impressive season-best sixth place for Campos Racing in Monza. The Opel Astra OPC has struggled so far, but the progress made has shocked even the driver-sporting director of the Spanish outfit.

“I am really happy with the result,” admitted Monje to TouringCarTimes. “We have improved the car run by run and it showed in the outcome of qualifying. I did try to use slipstreams, but in the end my best lap came when I was alone, so there is a lot of potential in the car.”

When asked about his chances for tomorrow, Monje was optimistic. “Sixth is a good position. Eighth or ninth would have been good for the second race, but with the place I got and the pace we have in the car we can hope for good results. I will try to exploit the opportunities, I think the most important thing is to bring the car home in one piece.”

The Spaniard says he hopes to gain a few places at the start. “I have many SEAT León Racers around me and I know they use launch control. We have a sequential gearbox and a handbrake, so I can load the car with power before the start. If I do the procedure correctly I am sure I can gain a few places at the start, and then try to take advantage of the fights in front of me. I am hoping for a podium finish.”

The first race is scheduled for 12.35 local time.