SUNRED Engineering will enter this year’s FIA World Touring Championship as a two-car entity, although it will now run under the name of Campos Racing after a partial buyout by former Grand Prix driver – and failed F1 team owner – Adrián Campos.
The team has been a regular frontrunner in the WTCC for a number of years, running a three-car fleet of SEAT León WTCCs full-time in last year’s championship for Tiago Monteiro, Pepe Oriola and Fernando Monje.
While Oriola and Monje will run under the Tuenti Racing banner this year (which will run separately with assistance from SEAT Sport), the newly-named Campos Racing squad will operate as a separate entity, fielding cars in the WTCC and the support-level European Touring Car Cup.
“I am delighted to incorporate my team into Campos Racing,” SUNRED team owner Joan Orús said.
Campos (pictured right) is certainly not without his own experience on the pit wall, having run a host of successful teams in single-seater championships across Europe. While his tilt at an F1 team ultimately came up short – his Campos Meta F1 team was bought out by the Hispania Racing concern just weeks before the 2010 season got underway – that shouldn’t fool fans into assuming that this outfit will suffer the same fate.
“I am very happy, as this is the first important step for establishing a formidable team,” Campos added.
“Joan Orús is one of the persons who know better how to run a professional team for touring cars. I hope this collaboration will give Campos Racing as many titles as we have won in single-seater championships in the last fifteen years.”
The team is yet to announce which driver pairing it will field in this year’s WTCC season, which kicks off in a fortnight’s time at Monza.