Tiago Monteiro will hope to repeat his success from 2008 as the World Touring Car Championship heads to Mexico this weekend for the second round of the year.

The Portuguese driver took his maiden win in the series at the circuit last year and heads into the event this time around eager to kick-start his campaign after a tough start to the year in Brazil, which saw him fail to trouble the scorers.

Heading into the weekend, Monteiro admitted tyre wear could be an issue but that the altitude of the circuit could also work in the SEAT team's favour.

"Puebla is a demanding track because the track temperature is generally very high and the asphalt is abrasive," he said. "As a consequence, the tyres are at their best for one or two laps only. It is a track which can give the Leon TDi a slight advantage because of its altitude, but it won't be enough to make the entire difference. The competition is fierce and a small mishap is enough to ruin your qualifying or even your race.

"I have excellent memories of Puebla because it was there that I secured my maiden win in the FIA WTCC and I will do my best to double it up this year! I know it will be very important to score points in Mexico in order to have the possibility of thinking about the championship. Things went wrong in Brazil but I'm confident for Mexico and the only favour I would ask would be to stay away from unpleasant surprises!"



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