Tarquini wants diesel for Monza

Gabriele Tarquini has asked SEAT to let him race with their new turbo-diesel engine for his home round of the WTCC at Monza

Tarquini wants diesel for Monza

The Italian fell out of contention for the title last weekend at Brands Hatch, but he is hoping that SEAT will have a third diesel car ready for the next round of the championship on October 7.

"To win in Italy would be fantastic," said Tarquini. "I hope to be able to drive the new car with the turbo diesel engine."

SEAT introduced their diesel engine at Anderstorp earlier this season, and since then Yvan Muller and Jordi Gene have enjoyed good results with it.

The engine has drawn plenty of attention from the Spanish manufacturer's rivals in recent weeks, and Tarquini has expressed his desire to race with the new power unit after he tested with it recently.

"It's not definite that this third car is available for the next race, but if it is, it would be mine," he said. "I asked to drive this car.

"If I drive the gasoline car I'm sure to have a lot of difficulties because at Monza these machines are not so competitive at accelerating."

Muller, who is 14 points adrift of Andy Priaulx, is still in with a chance of the title with two rounds remaining, and Tarquini has said that he believes the team have more chance of winning the drivers' title than the manufacturers' crown.

"Now my chance of winning the drivers' championship has gone, but I want to finish well and help Yvan," he said.

"It's easier for Yvan to win the drivers' championship than SEAT to win the manufacturers' championship because BMW is going to be very fast, and in the last race they gained a lot of points."

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