Gabriele Tarquini to feature in Super Touring Festival at Knockhill

by Connor Jackson

The former ETCC, WTCC and BTCC champion Gabriele Tarquini will compete in the David Leslie Super Touring Festival. The Italian, who has also competed in Formula One, will drive a 1996 Honda Accord in the upcoming event on the 10-11 September.

Tarquini will run in Super Touring’s two races at Knockhill, in the car that saw David Leslie win the British Touring Car Championship.

He currently drives in the WTCC with the Lada Vesta manufacturer squad, where he sits ninth in the standings. So far, his best result this year came at the Moscow Raceway. He won the opening race before a second place in race two.

His results at Knockhill have been more sporadic though. Over his years competing in BTCC, he collected just one win in his final year. Knockhill was famously the only circuit he failed to collect any points at, during his championship winning season.

Knockhill Events Director, Stuart Gray commented: “I’m absolutely delighted that Gabriele will be joining us for the event, and not only that, to have him in a race car is just incredible.”

He will not be the only former BTCC champion present with John Cleland and Frank Biela also competing alongside Tarquini and the Super Touring drivers during the weekend.

“As well as some of the star cars from the past, we now have a number of star drivers too including Tarquini, Cleland and Biela. It’s all shaping up to be an amazing weekend of racing, one which I can’t wait to see for myself.” Gray concluded

The Super Touring Event will be supported by VisitScotland and Fife Council. As a result Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, commented on the news, saying;

“We are delighted to support the Super Touring Car Championship through EventScotland’s National Funding Programme and look forward to another magnificent weekend of action at Knockhill.

“Attracting some of motorsport’s biggest names, such as Gabriele Tarquini, we are confident racing fans of all ages will turn out to witness all of the high-octane action unfold.”

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