Drivers

Gabriele Tarquini

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

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FIVE FACTS

Touring car titan: An ex-Formula One driver with 37 grand prix starts to his name, Tarquini has been a touring car titan for more than two decades with his technical prowess and a no-nonsense driving style 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: Tarquini became World Touring Car 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, including two triumphs with LADA in his final full-time WTCC campaign in 2016.

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. His work was rewarded with the inaugural WTCR / OSCARO title the following season.

Did you know? Tarquini made history in April 2018 when he won the first WTCR / OSCARO 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)