Oriola Chasing Top Six In Third WTCC Campaign

Pepe Oriola - Photo Credit: FIA WTCC
Pepe Oriola - Photo Credit: FIA WTCC

Spanish teenager Pepe Oriola has confirmed he will race a SEAT Leon for the Tuenti Racing Team in the World Touring Car Championship again in 2013, and says he’s aiming for a top six placing in the points ahead of his third campaign in the series.

The 18-year-old showed good improvement in 2012 in his Sunred-run car, finishing eighth in the overall championship with second-place finishes in Portugal and Japan. He also came second in the Yokohama Trophy classification, losing out only to Norbert Michelisz.

“It has been a difficult winter, as we had to put in a strong effort to find companies willing to sponsor the programme,” said the Barcelona-born driver.

“2013 will be tough, however I hope that the experience I have gained last year will help me to improve further.

“I am still the youngest of the pack, but I am respected by my competitors who have to reckon with me on the track! My goal is to finish among the top-six in the championship.”

Compatriot Fernando Monje ran as a teammate to Oriola under the Tuenti banner during the flyaway rounds at the end of last season after claiming the European Touring Car Cup title.