Pepe Oriola will make his return to the FIA World Touring Car Championship at the season ending Guia Race of Macau, it has been announced.
The Spaniard will race a TC2T-class SEAT León 1.6 T run by Campos Racing at the iconic street circuit, the same car in which he ran during much of his WTCC career between 2011-13.
“I am excited to come back to racing. Macau is always an interesting track and thanks to my sponsor Cali Group Macau, I will go for it. It would be nice to be on the podium of the TC2T category,” he said of his one-off drive.
Oriola made history in making his WTCC debut in 2011 as a 17-year-old in 2011, and finished runner-up in the Yokohama Trophy standings just a year later. In 2013, he claimed his first outright race win, driving his SEAT to victory in Race 2 at Marrakech before switching mid-season to a Chevrolet Cruze.
The Catalan driver had hoped to remain on this year’s WTCC grid, however the change in the series’ technical regulations – in addition to the significant costs brought with it – ultimately forced him out of being able to raise enough funds to continue.
More recently, he has been involved as a driver coach for Campos Racing’s European Touring Car Cup efforts.
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