Tarquini and Monteiro retained for 2014

Honda to retain the services of current drivers Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro into 2014
With the 2013 FIA WTCC season nearing to a close, Honda is the second manufacturer to outline its driver pairing with the JAS Castrol factory team concern for 2014, when new regulations come into force for the series.

As expected, 2009 world champion Gabriele Tarquini and four time race winner Tiago Monteiro have been retained by the Japanese manufacturer to develop and race the new 2014 spec car, which looks set to be an evolution of the current Civic - although an Accord has also been rumoured to be a potential car of choice from the marque.

Tarquini will be looking to consolidate his second position in the championship and targeting more wins and Monteiro will be looking to back up his recent podium form for a top ten overall championship finish.

Honda's General Motorsport manager, Hideo Sato, spoke of his high praise for the two former F1 drivers and expressed his hopes for a competitive 2014.

"Always with a new car and a new programme there are many areas to work on and always we are against the clock," said Sato. "Thanks to the driving skill, experience and technical knowledge of Gabriele and Tiago and their hard work with the team, we have made great progress very quickly this year.

"They have both been fighting to get the Honda Civic WTCC into the results and to have won two races outright and many podium positions is a great result," he continued. "For 2014, I expect the regulation changes will create an exciting and dynamic racing season.

"I am confident that our two experienced drivers, who have intimate knowledge of the Civic, will be key to our success. I am very pleased to have them in the Honda Racing family for 2014 which will be another competitive season for sure."

Tarquini, a former Team Auto-Delta Alfa Romeo driver, is happy to continue his long association with Honda.

"I am proud of the long relationship I have had with Honda, from the British Touring Car Championship times until today," said the determined Italian. "We have such a good team spirit and everybody is working for one thing and that is to win the races.

"We have developed this car into a winner and soon we will start with the 2014 car so to see Honda renew its confidence in me is a great reward" he added.

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Gabriele Tarquini (Photo Credit: 2013 Honda Europe / David Noels)
Podium trio Gabriele Tarquini, together with Daisuke Horiuchi (Large Project Leader for WTCC development from Honda R & D) celebrate after race 2 at Sonoma. (Photo Credit: Honda Europe / David Noels)
Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Tiago Monteiro Sunday, September 22 2013. (Photo Copyright: Honda Europe / Naoki Kobayashi)
WTCC race of Austria at the Salzburgring. Tiago Monteiro (Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team) Photo Credit: Honda Europe/David Noels
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Tom Coronel, Roal Chevrolet [Credit: WTCC media]
Gabriele Tarquini, Lada, Moscow [Credit: WTCC media]
Nicky Catsburg, Lada, WTCC [Credit: WTCC media]
Nicky Catsburg, Lada, WTCC [Credit: WTCC media]
Jose Maria Lopez, Citroen, [Credit: WTCC media]
Jose Maria Lopez - Citroen Racing [credit: Florent Gooden / DPP]
Jose Maria Lopez, Citroen, [Credit: WTCC media]
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic
Tom Coronel - ROAL Chevrolet Cruze
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic [credit: FIA WTCC Media]

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