Tiago Monteiro says he's in a confident frame of mind heading to Slovakia after claiming his first victory of the year in Russia last time out.

The Honda Racing Team driver has had no chance to dwell on his successful outing at Moscow Raceway after he darting off to Le Mans last weekend to compete in the prestigious 24 hour endurance race for LMP1 squad Team ByKolles.

Despite suffering a difficult race at Le Mans - his team had been not classified in the race results for failing to complete 70% of the winner's race distance and were then excluded from the race for not having the correct driver weight ballast - the Portuguese driver returns to the World Touring Car Championship in a upbeat mood and sees the Slovakia Ring as an ideal opportunity to gain more ground on his Citroen rivals.

"Slovakia Ring is a track where we usually go quite well and it should suit our car," Monteiro said. "We're quite confident. The important thing is we're keeping on with the development, the hard work and fine-tuning everything. Hopefully we can take advantage on this track. I'm really looking forward to it."

The former Formula 1 podium finisher strengthened his position as the top challenger to the leading Citroen trio of Jose Maria Lopez, Yvan Muller and Sebastien Loeb with victory at the Moscow Raceway and sits fourth in the WTCC drivers' championship with 102 points.



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