Gabriele Tarquini will not be on the grid of the WTCC for the first time in 12 years. However, the veteran rider is far from retire, despite turning 55 years to the beginning of the month of march. However, Hyundai Motorsport has secured the services of Gabriele Tarquini to which the Italian was put to the front of the development of the new Hyundai i30 TCR as a pilot development and testing. In this way, Tarquini will work closely with engineers and designers to the department’s Customer Racing Hyundai Motorsport throughout the development phase of the new car.
Gabriele Tarquini has competed in cars for more than two decades achieved a title of the BTCC, the ETCC and the third in the World Touring car. Official driver of brands such as Alfa Romeo, Honda or Seat, the experience of Tarquini is a fundamental value for Hyundai at the time of develop your new vehicle TCR based on the new generation i30. Although it is true that the Italian has not raced in a car TCR, Tarquini looks like the pilot is ideal for developing the first vehicle to compete in circuits of the Korean company, until now focused on the WRC.
After signing his new contract, Gabriele Tarquini wrote: “I Am very glad I joined Hyundai Motorsport and its project TCR. You can see that rallies are working at a very high level and professional. This will be my first time as a pilot development of a car, TCR, is a new challenge exciting for me. I’m eager to get started and use my experience to develop a car that part almost from a blank sheet of paper. I met with some engineers of the project when I visited the team headquarters and I am sure that we can make the car be competitive“.