Gabriele Tarquini

Team : BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse
Birthdate : 03/02/1962

FIVE FACTS:

Touring car titan: Ex-F1 driver with 38 starts to his name, Tarquini has been a touring car titan for more than two decades. His technical prowess and a no-nonsense driving style are key attributes.

Euro-beater: After winning the British Touring Car Championship in 1994, Tarquini took the European series by storm, claiming six wins on his way to 2003 title joy.

World success: He became WTCC champion with SEAT in 2009. Although there would be no more WTCC titles, the Italian was a race winner in six of the seven seasons that followed.

Test to be best: Tarquini played a key role in developing the Hyundai i30 N TCR into a winner after signing for the make as its development driver in 2017.

Did you know? Tarquini made history in April 2018 when he won the first WTCR race, triumphing from the DHL Pole Position in Marrakech.

CAREER SO FAR:

1983: 1, European and Italian karting

1984: 1, World and Italian karting

1985: 6, Formula 3000 Championship

1986: 10, F3000

1987: 8, F3000; Formula One World Championship (Osella)

1988: (best result 8), F1 (Coloni)

1989: 5 (1 win), Italian Super Touring Championship (BMW M3); (best result 6) F1 (AGS)

1990: (best result 13) F1 (AGS)

1991: (best result 8/11) F1 (AGS/Fondmetal)

1992: 5, Italian Super Touring (BMW M3); (best result 14) F1 (Fondmetal)

1993: 3 (5 wins), Italian Super Touring (Alfa Romeo 155)

1994: 1 (8 wins), British Touring Car Championship (Alfa Romeo 155)

1995: 7 (2 wins), Italian Super Touring (Alfa Romeo 155)

1996: 14 (1 win), International Touring Car Championship (Alfa Romeo 155)

1997: 6 (1 win), BTCC (Honda Accord)

1998: 7 (1 win), German Super Touring Championship (Honda Accord)

1999: 4 (1 win), German Super Touring (Honda Accord)

2000: 6 (3 wins), BTCC (Honda Accord)

2001: 3 (9 wins), European Super Touring Championship (Honda Accord)

2002: 14 (best result 3), European Super Touring (Alfa Romeo 156)

2003: 1 (6 wins), European Super Touring (Alfa Romeo 156)

2004: 3 (6 wins), European Super Touring (Alfa Romeo 156)

2005: 7 (2 wins), FIA World Touring Car Championship (Alfa Romeo 156)

2006: 5 (1 win), WTCC (SEAT León)

2007: 8 (1 win), WTCC (SEAT León / SEAT León TDi)

2008: 2 (3 wins), WTCC (SEAT León TDi)

2009: 1 (3 wins), WTCC (SEAT León TDi)

2010: 2 (5 wins), WTCC (SEAT León TDi)

2011: 5 (1 win), WTCC (SEAT León TDi/SUNRED León 1.6T)

2012: 4 (1 win), WTCC (SEAT León)

2013: 2 (2 wins), WTCC (Honda Civic)

2014: 6 (1 win), WTCC (Honda Civic WTCC)

2015: 5 (best result 2), WTCC (Honda Civic WTCC)

2016: 9 (2 wins), WTCC (LADA Vesta WTCC)

2017: NC, WTCC (Honda Civic WTCC); NC, TCR International Series (Hyundai i30 N TCR)

2018: 1 (5 wins), WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO (Hyundai i30 N TCR)

2019: 8 (2 wins), WTCR (Hyundai i30 N TCR)