Former F1 driver Gabriele Tarquini has won the 2009 World Touring Car Championship title driving for SEAT.

The Italian raced in F1 between 1987 and 1995 with Tyrrell and cellar-dwellers AGS, Coloni, Osella and Fondmetal (below), racking up a record 25 failures to pre-qualify for a Grand Prix, the most of any driver.

These woeful F1 results belie a driver of extraordinary talent, and the 47-year-old backed it up again by securing his maiden WTCC title after an incident-filled weekend at Macau which was blighted by several accidents, including colliding with his team-mate (and championship rival), Yvan Muller.

Nonetheless, this is a thoroughly deserved result, Congratulations Gabriele!

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.