Pepe Oriola Makes Chevrolet Switch For Rest Of Season


Pepe Oriola
Pepe Oriola

Pepe Oriola will race a Chevrolet Cruze from the next round of the World Touring Car Championship in Porto.

The 18-year-old has driven SEATs since starting his car racing career in the SEAT Leon Supercopa in 2009, going on to make his WTCC debut in the 2011 season and scoring his first win in Marrakech earlier this year. He lies tenth in the standings at the halfway stage of the season.

He will now drive a third Chevrolet run by the RML team, though he will continue to be entered under the Tuenti Racing Team banner.

“We had a good offer from RML to run with one of their cars and decided to accept it,” said Oriola. “I am grateful to SEAT that gave me the opportunity to build my professional racing career since when I was 15 in the León Supercopa up to the WTCC.

“I would love to stay with them, but so far they have not decided about future programmes. I have to think about myself and I could not let go the opportunity to drive a Chevrolet.

“We won’t have the time for a proper test before Porto, so we have just planned a shakedown somewhere in England.”