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Weekend to forget for Monteiro

9 April 2013

Tiago Monteiro admitted it had been a weekend to forget in Morocco after he failed to score during the second round of the World Touring Car Championship.

The Honda driver had bounced back from a tough qualifying session during the season opener at Monza to secure a brace of top eight finishes, and was left with work to do again in Marrakech after hitting the wall during qualifying.

Race day dawned with the former F1 racer eager to make up positions but his hopes would come to nothing when a damper failure resulted in him going into the wall at turn two.

With heavy damage to his Civic, and with the two races running back-to-back, there was insufficient time for repairs to be carried out – leaving Monteiro sidelined for the second race of the weekend.

"We knew from the beginning that this circuit was aggressive on the suspensions and that posed a problem throughout the entire weekend,” he said. “Unfortunately, and despite all my precautions, a support of the damper gave away and I hit a wall.

“This is not the result we expected, but the championship is long and the team's potential is very promising."

Team-mate Gabriele Tarquini managed a podium finish in the opening race of the weekend before crashing out of race two, with Monteiro saying that that race one result – and Tarquini's pole position - was an indication of the pace within the car.

"We are satisfied with the overall performance of the car and we will continue with our development programme,” he said. “Fortunately, there is great team spirit at and Honda will soon overcome these bad times.”


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