Alberto Cerqui

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Alberto Cerqui
Nationality  Italian
Born (1992-06-20) 20 June 1992 (age 21)
Brescia, Italy
Previous series
2012
2011
2010
2009
WTCC
Superstars Series
Italian F3
Formula Azzurra
Championship titles
2009 Formula Azzurra

Alberto Cerqui (born 20 June 1992 in Brescia) is an Italian racing driver. He has competed in the World Touring Car Championship.

Career[edit]

Single seaters[edit]

After winning titles in karting, Cerqui graduated to single-seater racing in 2009, racing in Formula Azzurra. He scored four victories, two pole positions and six podiums from 16 races on his way to the title.[1] He graduated to the Italian Formula Three Championship in 2010, driving for Ombra Racing. He finished 19th in the final classification, scoring three points.

Superstars Series[edit]

At the end of 2010 he tested for the Team BMW Italia Superstars Series team at Adria.[2] In January 2011 Cerqui was announced as a driver for the team.[3] Cerqui scored three successive pole positions at Portimão, Donington Park and Misano, and took his maiden win at Misano.

World Touring Car Championship[edit]

ROAL Motorsport (2012–)[edit]

Cerqui stayed with ROAL Motorsport for 2012 to race in the World Touring Car Championship as team mate to Tom Coronel.[4] He finished in the points in both races at his home event, the season opening Race of Italy. The first race of the Race of Slovakia saw Cerqui climb from twelfth on the grid to fourth in the results. He qualified 13th for the Race of Hungary but a parc fermé infringement by his team saw both cars sent to the back of the grid with Cerqui lining up 20th and 19th for race one and race two respectively.[5] During race two of the Race of Portugal, Yvan Muller spun and Cerqui was able to take his fifth place until Muller took it back later in the race. The Race of Brazil saw Cerqui retire twice; contact in race one with Tiago Monteiro forced him to retire on lap two, then a collision in race two with Aleksei Dudukalo saw Cerqui crash into the pit wall. Race one of the Race of United States saw him involved in a first lap pileup involving six cars, forcing Cerqui, Dudukalo and Fernando Monje to retire. In race one at the Race of Japan, Cerqui had passed the Team Aon car of James Nash but soon after spun and ended his race in the gravel trap at the first corner. After the race he was also handed a 30-second time penalty for a start infringement although having retired this did not affect his overall result.[6] Cerqui ended his non-scoring streak at the Race of China with a pair of top ten finishes. Cerqui sat out the final round in Macau and was replaced by Kei Cozzolino.[7] Cerqui stated that before the season started, he agreed with his team that he would only participate in the Macau races if he were still in contention for the Yokohama Drivers' Trophy.[8][9]

Racing record[edit]

Complete International Superstars Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2011 Team BMW Italia BMW M3 (E92) MNZ
R1

5
MNZ
R2

5
VNC
R1

12
VNC
R2

10
ALG
R1

2
ALG
R2

2
DON
R1

3
DON
R2

7
MIS
R1

1
MIS
R2

3
SPA
R1

7
SPA
R2

Ret
MUG
R1

1
MUG
R2

1
VAL
R1

3
VAL
R2

6
3rd 163

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Pts
2012 ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC ITA
1

10
ITA
2

9
ESP
1

13
ESP
2

Ret
MAR
1

15
MAR
2

Ret
SVK
1

4
SVK
2

8
HUN
1

13
HUN
2

18
AUT
1

13
AUT
2

7
POR
1

8
POR
2

6
BRA
1

NC
BRA
2

Ret
USA
1

Ret
USA
2

13
JPN
1

Ret
JPN
2

14
CHN
1

7
CHN
2

9
MAC
1
MAC
2
13th 45

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The racing career of Alberto Cerqui — in detail". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Last test of the season for BMW Team Italy at Adria". automobilsport.com. 12 December 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Hornsby, Tom (24 January 2011). "No room for '09 champ Morbidelli in works Beemer effort". motorstv.com (Motors TV). Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Coronel and Cerqui for two car ROAL assault, TouringCarTimes.
  5. ^ "ROUNDS 9 & 10 – HUNGARORING QUALIFYING REPORT" (PDF). World Touring Car Championship (Kigema Sport Organisation). 5 May 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Mills, Peter (21 October 2012). "Aleksei Dudukalo penalised for race one crash". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Cozzolino replaces Cerqui at ROAL for Macau". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). 6 November 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (7 November 2012). "Alberto Cerqui says he remains a ROAL driver despite Macau replacement". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  9. ^ Cerqui, Alberto (7 November 2012). "Alberto Cerqui reveals the reason why he will not be in Macau". AlbertoCerqui.com (Brojanigo). Retrieved 7 December 2012. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Thomas Biagi
Superstars Series
Italian Champion

2011
Succeeded by
Johan Kristoffersson