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Gabriele Tarquini replaces James Thompson at Polestar Volvo STCC squad

GAbriele Tarquini 2011

Gabriele Tarquini will make his Scandinavian Touring Car Championship debut at Karlskoga next weekend after replacing James Thompson at the Polestar Volvo squad.

The former WTCC champion has signed an initial two-round deal that will also take in the following event at Jyllands-Ringen in Denmark.

"I have raced most types of racing cars and for several different brands in many different international and national championships, but both Volvo and the STCC will be two firsts for me. I am very excited," said Tarquini.

"I really look forward to this. I have raced closely against Volvo Polestar and the C30 in the WTCC this year so I know I am joining a highly professional team with a very good car and serious ambitions," said Tarquini.

Thompson, who lies seventh in the championship, parted company with Polestar earlier this week. AUTOSPORT understands he will not return to the STCC this year.

Another high-profile addition to the STCC is Fabrizio Giovanardi, who will add to his recent European Cup victory by remaining with the Hartmann Honda squad for the Jyllands-Ringen round.

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