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Monteiro fighting fit for Russia after Nurburgring shunt

Tiago Monteiro has confirmed he's fighting fit to return to action in Moscow just two weeks after his heavy shunt at Nurburgring Nordschleife.
Tiago Monteiro has confirmed he is fighting fit to return to action at Moscow Raceway just two weeks after his heavy shunt at Nurburgring Nordschleife.

The Castrol Honda driver saw his bid for a maiden World Touring Car Championship crown take a blow in race one at the legendary German circuit after a sudden tyre failure left him helpless in hurtling into the crash barriers.

Monteiro, who had been leading at the time of the off, rebounded on the wall and collected Citroen's Yvan Muller in the process.

Both were given medical examinations and despite not sustaining any serious injuries Monteiro was forced out of the second race as a precaution, while his Honda Civic car was too badly damaged to repair in time for race two.

After undergoing an intense recovery schedule Monteiro will return to action just two weeks after the shunt at Moscow Raceway for round six of the 2016 campaign, trailing championship leader Jose Maria Lopez by 69 points.

“Germany was far from ideal for myself and for us as a team,” Monteiro said. “I'm still a bit sore after my accident, but on Saturday I resumed my full training schedule and I'll be close to 100 per cent in Russia.

“The bigger issue is the points we lost, and the task now is to dig deep to regain that ground. I have good memories of Russia; I won there last year.

“The circuit is pretty conventional in terms of layout and the type of corners it has, and it's likely that if we're quick there, that will translate to a lot of the circuits left this year.”

The German round marked the first time Monteiro had failed to finish on the rostrum in at least one race at each round this year. The former F1 driver will be keen to repeat his race two victory in Russia from 12 months ago.


by Haydn Cobb



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Tiago Monteiro - Castrol Honda Civic WTCC   [pic credit: FIA WTCC media/Alexandre Guillaumot]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Tiago Monteiro - Castrol Honda Civic WTCC   [pic credit: FIA WTCC media/Francois Flammand]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing   [pic credit: FIA WTCC media/Alexandre Guillaumot]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing C-Elysee   [pic credit: FIA WTCC media/Francois Flammand]
Tiago Monteiro - Castrol Honda Civic [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing [credit: DPPI]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing [credit: DPPI]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing
Yvan Muller (FRA), Citroen, WTCC [Credit: WTCC media]
Tiago Monteiro (POR), Castrol Honda WTCC, WTCC [Credit: Honda]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing
Tiago Monteiro (POR), Castrol Honda WTCC, WTCC [Credit: Honda]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing

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