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Two of Saturday’s qualifying heroes – pole-sitter Gabriele Tarquini and series debutant Gábor Wéber – have both had to change their engines ahead of today’s two opening World Touring Car Championship races at Monza, but it is only Wéber who will have to start from the back of the grid…

This year’s early-season rules have allowed for all SEAT and Ford runners to change their engines as many times as they wish in the opening five rounds of the championship. Both are considered brand new development engines for the two manufacturers on account of them returning to the championship this year.

But as the BMW and Chevrolet engines remain essentially identical to the units produced by the respective manufacturers last year, this means that Wéber will be forced to start both races at the back of the pack in his Zengo Motorsport BMW.

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