Tiago Monteiro believes that the second race of the latest WTCC weekend in Slovakia should have been allowed to go ahead, despite atrocious conditions.

The rain was so heavy that race organisers had already been forced to red flag the first race before its scheduled completion, and the decision to cancel the second outing, where Monteiro was due to start from pole position, was widely accepted by the field.

Monteiro had finished seventh in race one, after rising from tenth on the starting grid, and, whilst recognising that safety should be of the utmost importance, believed that the second race should have at least been started.

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"Not only was it important for me because I was on pole position, but I also think it was important for fans and television," the Portuguese driver said, "I have raced under worse conditions in other categories like F1, where we took the start and then the race was stopped thereafter. I'm not very happy of course, but I respect the decision for safety reasons."

Monteiro's disappointment was heightened by the fact that the Honda Civic had been very effective in the conditions and felt comfortable on the Slovakia Ring in the rain.

"In the first race, the car was well balanced and efficient," he confirmed, "Of course, starting as far back as I did, it was useless to take any unnecessary risks and ruin any chance I had in race two. I passed several rivals, but one of them hit me and I fell back to tenth place. I recovered three of those places when the race was cancelled.

"Starting from pole position, without making any mistakes I probably would have been fighting for victory!"

Monteiro retains fourth place in the drivers' championship with 71 points ahead of the next round, at the Salzburgring in two weeks' time.