Gabriele Tarquini is unable to continue as a stand-in for the injured Honda frontrunner Tiago Monteiro should the Portuguese driver be ruled out of action at the upcoming Japan and Macau rounds of the World Touring Car Championship.
Tarquini, the 2009 WTCC title-winner and former Honda teammate to Monteiro, stood in for the 41-year-old at last weekend’s Race of China after Monteiro was ruled unfit to return to racing duties. Monteiro suffered concussion and multiple blood clots following a heavy testing accident over a month ago at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Despite having been out of WTCC competition for nearly a year, Tarquini acquitted himself well. He qualified fifth on his return and finished fifth in the Opening Race to give Honda vital points in its Manufacturers’ Championship battle with Volvo and aid Monteiro’s teammate Norbert Michelisz in his own tilt at the Drivers’ Championship title.
Tarquini will, however, be unable to continue his ‘super sub’ duties at either of the next two championship rounds, should Monteiro continue to be sidelined. The Italian veteran is already committed to race for Hyundai in the rival TCR series.
His clashing commitments will see him race in the one-off TCR Europe event at Adria Raceway on October 29, and at the TCR International Series season finale at Dubai on November 18, racing Hyundai’s all new i30 N TCR.
The next two rounds of the 2017 World Touring Car Championship are the Race of Japan at Twin Ring Motegi on October 28-29 and the Guia Race of Macau on 18-19 November.
Image via FIA WTCC Media