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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.

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