Drivers


World Touring Car Cup

Gabriele Tarquini


About Gabriele

Having joined our team back in 2017, Gabriele has been integral to the success of the i30 N TCR on race circuits around the world. As our lead test driver, he assisted our team in developing our first TCR challenger, carrying out over 7,000km of testing. For its competitive debut Gabriele contested the Zhejiang round of the TCR International Series, in which he took the car’s first pole and race win. In 2018, he contested the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) season; he made history by taking the first ever WTCR race win and subsequently delivered a maiden drivers’ title for the i30 N TCR. It was far from his only success in touring car racing: Gabriele has also been crowned champion in BTCC (1994), European Touring Cars (2003) and WTCC (2009).

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Career

2018

All rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Cup (28)
Best result: 1st overall, Race of Morocco (x2),
Race of Hungary, Race of Slovakia, Race of Japan
Final classification: 1st

2013

All rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (23)
Best result: 1st overall, Race of Slovakia, Race of the United States
Final classification: 2nd

2010

All rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (21)
Best result: 1st overall, Race of Brazil, Race of Morocco, Race of Belgium, Race of Portugal, Race of Spain
Final classification: 2nd

2009

All rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (24)
Best result: 1st overall, Race of Brazil, Race of Portugal, Race of Italy
Final classification: 1st

2008

All rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (24)
Best result: 1st overall, Race of Brazil, Race of the Czech Republic, Race of Italy
Final classification: 2nd

2004

All rounds of the European Touring Car Championship (19)
Best result: 1st overall, Monza, Imola (x2), Dubai (x2)
Final classification: 3rd

2003

All rounds of the European Touring Car Championship (19)
Best result: 1st overall, Catalunya, Pergusa, Donington, Spa-Francorchamps, Estoril (x2)
Final classification: 1st

1994

All rounds of the British Touring Car Championship (17)
Best result: 1st overall, Thruxton, Brands Hatch (x4), Snetterton, Silverstone (x2)

Q&A

Q1.Who is your motorsport idol? 


My hero as I was starting out in karting was Gilles Villeneuve.

Q2.What are your hobbies?

Sailing, golf and football – in that order!

Q3.What is your ideal destination for a holiday?

Beach and sea, ideally in the Maldives.

Q4.Which profession would you have chosen if you hadn’t become a race driver?


Lawyer – I even studied law at university.

Q5.What is your favorite food? 


Pizza, pasta and Japanese cuisine.

Q6.Describe yourself in 3 words


Wild, aggressive, consistent.

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Personal data

Birthday:

2. Mar 1962

Place of birth:

Giulianova (ITA)

Nationality:

Italian

Interests:

Sailing, golf, football

WTCR Facts

First Event:

Marrakech 2018

First Victory:

Marrakech 2018

Teammate:
With Hyundai:

2017

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