WTCC Race of Morocco: Tarquini hopes for helping hand from Honda team-mates

Gabriele Tarquini says his best chance of success in Marrakesh is to gain a slipstream boost from his team-mates around the city street circuit
Gabriele Tarquini feels his best chance for success in Marrakesh will be to get a helping hand from Castrol Honda team-mates Tiago Monteiro and Rickard Rydell in round two of the World Touring Car Championship.

The Italian driver says the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan poses unique challenges and is a difficult place to gain places during the race, so qualifying will be more important than ever. As a result, Tarquini is hoping to use his fellow Castrol Honda drivers slipstreams to slingshot himself up the long straights in qualifying.

“Marrakech is quite a strange track,” Tarquini said. “It's the ultimate driving challenge - difficult, dangerous with such close proximity to the walls and no escape routes, so one small mistake and you pay very hard.

“Qualifying well is important here as overtaking can be very difficult, so expect to see teams slipstreaming during the session to extract the best top speed. Realistically I think we can target the podium but as we know from previous races here, anything can happen."

The 53-year-old, who claimed the WTCC drivers title with SEAT in 2009, is also aiming to put the disappointing memories in Morocco from 2014 behind him. The Italian driver suffered a heavy crash in practice which ruled him out of the two races.

“Unfortunately I don't have good memories from last year so I am keen to improve and avoid any drama,” he added.

Tarquini sits fifth in the drivers standings' after the first round in Argentina and level on points with Citroen driver Yvan Muller. The WTCC Race of Morocco acts as round two of the 2015 championship.

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Gabriele Tarquini (ITA), Castrol Honda, WTCC [Credit: Castrol Honda PR]
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Jose Maria Lopez, Citroen, [Credit: WTCC media]
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Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic
Tom Coronel - ROAL Chevrolet Cruze
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
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