Teenage racer Pepe Oriola will be back on the FIA World Touring Car Championship grid, with the Spaniard confirming he will remain with the Tuenti Racing team for the 2013 season.
The eighteen-year-old finished eighth overall in last year’s Drivers’ Championship standings and runner-up in the Yokohama Independents’ Trophy driving for the SEAT-powered team, claiming two second-placed finishes.
He will once again pilot the #74 SEAT León WTCC he drove last year, and is aiming to finish in the top-six in this year’s Drivers’ Championship points race.
The deal almost didn’t come together, with the current economic crisis in his homeland severely limiting the sponsorship opportunities he needed to remain in the championship.
“It has been a difficult winter, as we had to put in a strong effort to find companies willing to sponsor the program. 2013 will be tough, however I hope that the experience I have gained last year will help me to improve further,”