Jordi Oriola, younger brother of World Touring Car Championship race-winner Pepe Oriola, has confirmed he plans to compete in the final Asian rounds of this year’s series.
The 18-year-old is hoping to raise the necessary budget to fund a seat with the Campos Racing outfit, which will field a number of older-spec SEAT León racers in the second-tier TC2 category, open to Super 2000 regulation cars.
“I hope we can raise the necessary budget to participate in the Asian WTCC events, as this would fulfill my dream of racing at world level,” he said.
Oriola raced for his father’s Tuenti Racing outfit in the WTCC’s feeder championship, the FIA European Touring Car Cup (pictured above). Driving a SEAT León Supercopa, Oriola finished third overall in last year’s single-makes championship standings.
While his graduation to the WTCC is still to be confirmed, Oriola will race in the SEAT León Eurocup, which has been re-formed for 2014, with the Target Competition team.
“I am very happy to make this step forward. The SEAT León Eurocup championship is very interesting and the car is very attractive and powerful,” Oriola added.
“Target Competition is a team with a great track record and that was my main rival last year in the ETCC, so I’m honoured that they were interested in hiring me professionally. Undoubtedly, this year we are taking a step forward in terms of competitiveness and it will be a very interesting season.”
Image via FIA ETCC Media