Fernando Monje will return full-time to the FIA World Touring Car Championship

Having romped to victory in the 2012 FIA European Touring Car Cup, Fernando Monje will now return to the FIA World Touring Car Championship for the remainder of the season with SUNRED Engineering, the SEAT-supported team has announced.

The 19-year-old has spent much of the 2012 season campaigning in the support-level ETCC races when they clashed with the WTCC rounds, but after securing the crown with a double-victory at Imola last weekend, he is now raring to go in the top-level championship once again.

His one WTCC outing to-date came at Valencia, where he piloted an older-spec SEAT León TDi to 21st and 18th places in the two races.

From the next round at Curitiba onwards, he’ll be given the newer-spec 1.6-litre turbocharged León, which he will pilot for the remainder of the season.

“I am fully focused on the WTCC now, I love the cars and the championship,” he is quoted as saying.

“I will have to fight hard because there are fantastic drivers and I don’t know the tracks. For this year my aim is to learn as much as I can to be ready for 2013.”

The Race of Brazil at Curitiba takes place on 21-22 July.

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