Honda retains Tarquini and Monteiro for 2014 WTCC season
|Tuesday, October 22nd 2013, 08:26 GMT|
Honda has confirmed that it will retain Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro into the second full year of its World Touring Car Championship programme.
The duo have been part of the Honda project since its 2012 launch, and spearheaded its fully-fledged return to top-level touring car racing this year.
Although Honda has been unable to stop Yvan Muller surging to a dominant title in the RML-run Chevrolet, its general manager of motorsport Hideo Sato said the firm was satisfied with its progress and the drivers' contribution.
"Always with a new car and a new programme there is many areas to work on and always we are against the clock," he said.
"Thanks to the driving skill, experience and technical knowledge of Gabriele and Tiago and their hard work with the team, we have made great progress very quickly this year.
"They have both been fighting to get the Honda Civic WTCC into the results and to have won races and many podium positions is a great result."
Tarquini has taken two race wins this year and is second to Muller in the standings with two events remaining, while Monteiro is currently 10th in the championship.