WTCC Austria: Monteiro pleased with best start to WTCC season

Tiago Monteiro heads to the fifth WTCC round in Austria as the 'best of the rest' behind the all-conquering Citroens.
Tiago Monteiro says he is pleased with his performance so far in the 2014 World Touring Car Championship, despite his Honda team struggling to match the form of the all-conquering Citroens.

The Portuguese driver, who has competed in WTCC since 2010, currently lies fourth in the overall standings for the Castrol Honda team, but remains considerably down on the best three of Jose Maria Lopez, Sebastien Loeb and Yvan Muller in their dominant C-Elysees.

Nonetheless, though Monteiro hasn't been able to match the incoming French manufacturer, he is pleased with his season so far, even if he is frustrated not to be closer.

"If you look at the points table and consider the impact that events outside of my control have had, then of course it's frustrating to not be higher", he said ahead of the fifth round at the Salzburgring.

"The intervention of the safety car at Paul Ricard and the cancellation of the Slovakian race, where we would have started from pole position, certainly haven't helped.

"However, what the table does show is that we're near the frontrunners and have grabbed every chance to score points with both hands, which is really encouraging.

“That will remain our mission for the upcoming races as well. We cannot underestimate the opposition. The current top three drivers in the Championship make no or few mistakes."

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Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic [credit: FIA WTCC Media]

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