Hugo Valente will remain on board with Campos Racing for a another season in the World Touring Car Championship, the team has confirmed.
The 22-year-old Frenchman made his WTCC debut at the 2012 Race of China in Shanghai with SUNRED Engineering before moving across to Campos Racing in 2013, running a part-time campaign in one of the team’s SEAT León WTCCs.
He graduated to a full-time drive in 2014 when the team secured the use of two all-new Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 racers. Valente claimed three reverse-grid race podium finishes during the 2014 season en route to finishing twelfth overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
The Paris-born driver has made no secret of his desire to remain with Campos Racing for the 2015 season, which he hopes could be a platform to propel him into a factory-backed drive in 2016, when more manufacturers are expected to join the championship.
Valente is the first of the 2014 Chevrolet runners to be re-signed for 2015, and it’s largely anticipated that there will be continuity among those runners despite a volatile driver market. Serbian racer Dušan Borković is expected to be retained as Valente’s teammate.
Coupled with the confirmation of Valente’s re-signing is news that his car’s livery will change from its BrawnGP-esque yellow-and-white scheme to a striking black and yellow decal in 2015.
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