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WTCC ace Monteiro ready to take on the ‘Ring again

WTCC ace Monteiro ready to take on the ‘Ring again

16/02/2017 12:00

Tiago Monteiro says he won’t forget his hefty Nürburgring Nordschleife smash in a hurry but insists he’s not fazed about returning to the legendary track for FIA WTCC Race of Germany in May.

Monteiro crashed heavily while leading the the Opening Race at the 25.378-kilometre circuit last May.

Yvan Muller was also eliminated in the accident when he was unable to avoid ploughing into the Portuguese racer’s stricken Honda although both drivers were uninjured.

“Nürburgring is always a challenge with or without the crash,” said Monteiro, whose crash was blamed on a tyre issue. “In my experience in motorsport I have not had too many big accidents. It’s part of the game and thank God it hasn’t affected me physically or psychologically. Of course I will always think about the crash but it was a place where you wouldn’t really crash but for a mechanical problem. It’s not an easy corner but not a place where you normally crash.”

WTCC Race of Germany counts as rounds seven and eight of the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship and takes place from the 25-27 May. Monteiro will form part of the three-strong Honda attack on this year’s WTCC alongside team-mates Norbert Michelisz and Ryo Michigami and is one of the favourites for title glory.

Thed Björk says having two title-chasing drivers in the same team can only make him stronger as he bids to become the first Swede to win the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

Norbert Michelisz has promised an “action-packed” second half to the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship season after he fought back into title contention with victory in the Main Race at FIA WTCC Race of Portugal on Sunday.

Zengő Motorsport’s Dániel Nagy returned to the scene of his FIA World Touring Car Championship debut 12 months ago when the WTCC visited Vila Real last weekend.

Néstor Girolami wants his frustrating run in the FIA World Touring Car Championship to end – starting with his home race in Argentina next month.

Rob Huff underlined his reputation as a street racer supreme with a charging display at WTCC Race of Portugal on Sunday.

Kevin Gleason’s RC Motorsport mechanics defied the odds to enable the American to bag a WTCC Trophy points finish in the second of two races in Vila Real last weekend.