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Gabriele Tarquini

Born
2nd March 1962 (Age 58) - Guilianova Lido, Abruzzo
Nationality
Italian
Italian
Years Raced
36
Recent Race
Starts
167 (60)
Wins
51
Poles
31
Podiums
129

World Karting Champion, Gabriele Tarquini was eventually overlooked by Formula 1 but the Italian has enjoyed a long and successful career in international touring car racing. 

Formula 3000 

When Silverstone hosted the first race for the new Formula 3000 in 1985, Gabriele Tarquini was the least experienced driver in the field. Reigning 125cc World Karting Champion, he was the veteran of just eight Italian Formula 3 races. Driving Sanremo Racing’s number 13 March 85B-Cosworth, points in his first three races included third at Estoril. Two further fourth place finishes sealed an impressive sixth in the inaugural F3000 championship. 

He drove Enzo Coloni’s similar car a year later when third (at the Osterreichring) was again his best result. Tarquini joined FIRST Racing for his final season in the category and scored podium finishes at Enna-Pergusa (third) and Imola (a career-best second) but seventh overall showed little progress. 

Formula 1 with OsellaColoni and AGS 

Tarquini also made his Grand Prix debut in 1987 when his Osella FA1G-Alfa Romeo retired from the San Marino GP at Imola. A fulltime F1 driver in 1988 with Coloni, he finished eighth in Canada but he failed to qualify as often as he started during an uncompetitive campaign. 

Without a ride for 1989, he was drafted in by AGS when Philippe Streiff was severely injured in pre-season testing. Tarquini’s early form was impressive – running sixth at Monaco before retiring and finishing in that position in Mexico. However, he failed to make it out of pre-qualifying during the second half of the season. He remained with the French minnows for the next two seasons but only qualified seven times. 

Switch to Fondmetal and Tyrrell 

He switched to Fondmetal by the end of 1991 and at least qualified for every race entered during 1992. However, he only finished once before the team closed its doors after the Italian GP. His final GP was at the Nürburgring in 1995 when deputising for Tyrrell-Yamaha’s injured Ukyo Katayama but by then he was already a touring car champion. 

Touring car success 

He started racing a BMW in the Italian Championship just as his F1 career was winding down in 1992. He joined Alfa Romeo a year later and was stationed in the British Touring Car Championship in 1994. His Alfa Romeo 155TS won the opening five races of the year and Tarquini survived a spectacular barrel-roll at Knockhill to win the BTCC title at the first attempt. 

He joined Honda in 1997 before switching to the European series in 2001. A works Alfa Romeo driver once more, he won the 2003 European Touring Car Championship and finished third a year later. 

World Touring Car Champion 

A new World Championship for touring cars was introduced in 2005 and Tarquini has raced in the series ever since. He switched to SEAT in 2006 and has been a race winner each season. Runner-up behind team-mate Yvan Müller in 2008, he beat the Frenchman to the 2009 World Championship in the final round at Macau. 

Müller defected to Chevrolet in 2010 and regained the title, with Tarquini again finishing as runner-up behind the Frenchman. With Chevy now the dominant force in the WTCC, Tarquini remained the best-of-the-rest by finishing fifth in 2011 and fourth a year later. 

Tarquini raced for Honda for three seasons from 2013 – finishing as a distant runner-up to Müller once again that first season. Released by Honda after his first winless WTCC campaign in 2015, he received a late offer from Lada for the following season. He won at Moscow Raceway and Losail although inconsistency prevented a sustained challenge in 2016. 

World Touring Car Cup 

Without a regular ride in 2017, Tarquini joined BRC Racing Team to drive a Hyundai i30 N in the following year’s reconstituted World Touring Car Cup. It was like old times for the 56-year-old won five times to enter the final weekend at Macau in the points lead. With seven still in contention, Tarquini endured a near disastrous meeting but finished tenth in the final race to beat old adversary Muller to the title by just three points. 

A race winner during the opening two weekends of his WTCR title defenceTarquini eventually faded to eighth overall in the 2019 standings. 

In 2020, Tarquini ended the season in 14th with 79 points.

Championship Seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points Results

2020

World Touring Car Cup

BRC Hyundai N Lukoil Squadra Corse

0

0

2

0

U

0

2019

World Touring Car Cup

BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse

0

0

6

2

7

232

2018

World Touring Car Cup

BRC Racing Team

0 (1)

2

8

5

1

306

2017

World Touring Car Championship

Honda Racing Team JAS

0

0

0

0

U

0

2016

World Touring Car Championship

Lada Sport Rosneft

0

0

4

2

9

147

2015

World Touring Car Championship

Honda Racing Team JAS

0

0

4

0

5

197

2014

World Touring Car Championship

Castrol Honda WTC Team

0 (2)

2

5

1

6

182

2013

World Touring Car Championship

Castrol Honda WTC Team

0

2

8

2

2

242

2012

World Touring Car Championship

Lukoil Racing

0

2

8

1

4

252

2011

World Touring Car Championship

Sunred Engineering

0

1

6

1

5

204

2010

World Touring Car Championship

SR-Sport

0

3

10

5

2

276

2009

World Touring Car Championship

Seat Sport Team

0

5

12

3

1

127

2008

World Touring Car Championship

Seat Sport Team

22

0

6

3 - 14% win rate

2

88

2007

World Touring Car Championship

Seat Sport Team

0

1

3

1

8

62

2006

World Touring Car Championship

Seat Sport Team

17 (1)

2

2

1 - 6% win rate

5

57

2005

World Touring Car Championship

Autodelta

18 (2)

2

5

2 - 12% win rate

7

55

2004

European Touring Car Championship

Autodelta

19 (1)

1

10

6 - 32% win rate

3

106

2003

European Touring Car Championship

Autodelta

19 (1)

2

9

6 - 32% win rate

1

107

2002

European Touring Car Championship

GTA Racing Team Nordauto

0

0

1

0

14

4

2001

European Touring Car Championship

JAS Engineering Italia IP

0

6

14

9

3

579

2000

European Touring Car Championship

JAS Motorsport

0 (1)

0

0

0

16

10

1996

International Touring Car Series

JAS Motorsport

0 (6)

0

2

1

14

60

1995

International Touring Car Series

Alfa Corse

0 (1)

0

0

0

U

0

1995

F1 World Championship

Nokia Tyrrell Yamaha

1

0

0

0

U

0

1995

Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft

Schubel Engineering

0 (2)

0

0

0

U

0

1992

F1 World Championship

Fondmetal

13

0

0

0

U

0

1991

F1 World Championship

Automobiles Gonfaronaise Sportive

Fondmetal

5 (11)

0

0

0

U

0

1990

F1 World Championship

Automobiles Gonfaronaise Sportive

4 (12)

0

0

0

U

0

1989

F1 World Championship

Automobiles Gonfaronaise Sportive

6 (9)

0

0

0

26

1

1988

F1 World Championship

Coloni Racing

8 (8)

0

0

0

U

0

1987

World Touring Car Championship

Brixia Corse

0

0

0

0

30

43

1987

FIA International F3000 Championship

First Racing

11

0

2

0

8

12

1987

F1 World Championship

Osella Squadra Corse

1

0

0

0

U

0

1986

FIA International F3000 Championship

Coloni Racing

10

0

1

0

10

7

1985

World Endurance Championship

Brun Motorsport

1

0

0

0

U

0

1985

FIA European F3000 Championship

Sanremo Racing

10 (2)

0

1

0

6

14

1984

European F3 Championship

Gran Sasso Corse

2

0

0

0

U

0

Non Championship Races

Title Date Circuit Laps Position

1985 Curacao Grand Prix

13/10/1985

Willemstad

58

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