Gabriele Tarquini is hoping the twisting nature of the Goldenport Park circuit in Beijing will help Honda reel in rivals Citroen as the manufacturer seeks its first World Touring Car Championship win of 2014.

The Japanese firm has been comprehensively out-performed by Citroen during the first year of the new TC1 regulations, with neither Tarquini nor Tiago Monteiro having tasted victory in the Castrol-backed factory Civic.

However, having shown a particular weakness against its Citroen counterparts at faster venues, the slower Goldenport Park track - which was a late addition to the calendar in place of the cancelled Sonoma Raceway event - gives Tarquini some optimism Honda can compete, particularly as he has less hope for the following Shanghai round a week later.

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"We really have to improve now," he said. "Certain tracks may offer us a helping hand, such as the short Goldenport Park Circuit in Beijing. However, based on what we know of the Shanghai track, races there will be much more difficult.

Honda comes back from the summer break having completed tests in Slovakia and Hungary, efforts Tarquini is hoping he can put to good use in China.

"I will try out different elements that we're working on at different times; some parts for instance might not be fully efficient or effective in the short term, but may bear fruit in the long term. After all, the 2015 season is not that far away."