Tiago Monteiro says he is firmly focused on ending the European leg of the World Touring Car Championship in style as the series heads to Monza this weekend for the second of two Italian races.

The SEAT Sport man was on the pace at Imola last time out but was unable to score at the wheel of his Leon TDi after running into misfortune in both of the two races at the circuit which was returning to the series after a three year absence.

Monteiro has plenty of experience of Monza having raced at the iconic venue in F3000, Formula One and the WTCC and he said he was hopeful of a solid weekend despite the extra weight he will carry on his diesel powered car.

"These are the final races that we will be contesting close to home and will have the backdrop of a circuit that is steeped in history," he said. "I am particularly motivated to score points at Monza.

"I know that conditions won't be ideal because our car is heavy, but we will do everything to keep dominating the championship. My mission will above all be to work for the good of the team. Monza is a very fast circuit, with long straight lines but also with chicanes which can be much less nice to us. Indeed, the SEAT Leon's suspension was not optimal going over the curbs at Imola and the free sessions will therefore be crucial in order to find the best set-up.

"The experience we acquired last year will be important too."