Tiago Monteiro hopes the upgrades made to his Honda Civic WTCC machine will enable him to close the gap in performance on Citroen and sees the Moscow Raceway as the ideal location for the task.

The former Formula 1 driver heads the chasing pack in fourth in teh World Touring Car Championship standings but trails the runaway Citroen trio of Jose Maria Lopez, Sebastien Loeb and Yvan Muller by a considerable margin.

The Portuguese is confident the improvements on his Honda car will make him more competitive in Russia and says he'll give it his all to fight for the podium places.

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"We fared quite well last year so we're hoping the evolution to this year's Civic WTCC will enable us to be even more competitive this time round," Monteiro said. "We're putting our heads down and going for it."

Monteiro was given a confidence boost last time out in Germany after grabbing his second podium finish of the season, a third place in race two at the Nurburgring.

The 38-year-old also says the Moscow circuit will act as a unique test which he will look to exploit against the dominant Citroens.

"Moscow is a totally different challenge to what we had so far it's a newer track with lots of different types of corners and quite a smooth surface," he added.

The World Touring Car Championship race of Russia will act as round five of the 2015 championship, scheduled for the 6-7 June.