Tiago Monteiro says the Nurburgring Nordschleife poses 'the biggest challenge of my career' as he gears up for the Race of Germany in the World Touring Car Championship.

The Castrol Honda Civic Type R driver is excited to get going at the famous German circuit but anticipates it to be the most difficult weekend on the WTCC calendar.

"The Nordschleife is fascinating the story of it, the hype that surrounds it it's the most difficult race track in the world and nothing compares. I have great respect for this place, it is the biggest challenge of my career and will be the hardest without driver aids," Monteiro said.

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The former Formula 1 driver is currently fourth in the WTCC standings thanks to consistent top six finishes. The Honda racer has only suffered one DNF all season, race two in Morocco, but finds himself off the pace of the leading Citroen trio of Jose Maria Lopez, Sebastien Loeb and Yvan Muller.

The Portuguese driver says he is expecting another tough task to break the French manufacturer dominance in the WTCC at the Nurburgring.

"Results wise, it's a challenging track for us and we know the opposition will be strong here. But of course I am committed to giving it everything I can to add to our last race results," he said. "The update on the Civic has really helped; the car works well - it is very smooth, very responsive."