WTCC race-winners Campos Racing will join the new FIA World Touring Car Cup, with the Spanish outfit patriotically entering a pair of SEAT-built Cupra Léons and signing John Filippi and Pepe Oriola to its line-up.

Twenty-three-year-old Filippi will contest his fifth season of international touring car racing. The Corsican returns to Campos Racing, with whom he spent the 2014-16 WTCC seasons, after a year spent with Sébastien Loeb Racing. He achieved career-best results of a pair of fourth places in the Citroen C-Elysée  WTCC, although he was usually outpaced by teammates Rob Huff and Mehdi Bennani.

“I’m really happy to sign up again with Campos Racing,” said Filippi. “They made contact with me at the end of the 2017 season, they know how to mount a coherent and promising project for the future.

“I’m looking forward to getting in the car for the first few laps. Participating in this 2018 championship is probably one of the biggest challenges of my career, and it is the logical continuation of my career.”

John Filippi, Campos Racing, Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1

Filippi spent three seasons racing for Campos Racing in the FIA WTCC between 2014-16, but is yet to finish on the podium.

Oriola, meanwhile, moves across from the TCR International Series where he has been a championship contender in all three seasons he has contested in a Craft-Bamboo Racing-run SEAT León TCR.

The Spaniard, who is the youngest ever winner of a World Championship-level touring car race, will be expected to be a frontrunner.

“It’s going to be a complicated year, but equally gratifying,” Oriola said.

“I’m going to make the most of the opportunity Cupra has given me. They’ve always been by my side and have trusted me as a driver from my beginnings, so I will try to reward them in the track.

“I’m very happy to confirm my participation in the WTCR with a 100% Spanish team,” he added. “We have known each other for many years and this will be an added bonus in this championship.”

Pepe Oriola

Oriola is the youngest-ever winner of a world-championship level touring car race.

Campos Racing is the third outfit – following Sébastien Loeb Racing and Münnich Motorsport – to move from the World Touring Car Championship following its merger with the TCR International Series.


2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup – Provisional Entry List
No. Driver Team Car
9 Tom Coronel nl Boutsen Ginion Racing be Honda Civic Type-R
12 Rob Huff uk Sébastien Loeb Racing fr Volkswagen Golf GTI
18 Tiago Monteiro pt Boutsen Ginion Racing be Honda Civic Type-R
20 Denis Dupont be Comtoyou Racing be Audi RS3 LMS
21 Aurélien Panis fr Comtoyou Racing be Audi RS3 LMS
22 Frédéric Vervisch be Comtoyou Racing be Audi RS3 LMS
23 Nathanaël Berthon fr Comtoyou Racing be Audi RS3 LMS
25 Mehdi Bennani ma Sébastien Loeb Racing fr Volkswagen Golf GTI
86 Esteban Guerrieri ar ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport de Honda Civic Type-R
TBA Gabriele Tarquini it BRC Racing Team it Hyundai i30 N
TBA Norbert Michelisz hu BRC Racing Team it Hyundai i30 N
TBA John Filippi fr Campos Racing es Cupra Léon TCR
TBA Pepe Oriola es Campos Racing es Cupra Léon TCR
TBA Gordon Shedden uk Team WRT be Audi RS3 LMS
TBA Jean-Karl Vernay fr Team WRT be Audi RS3 LMS
TBA Thed Björk se Yvan Muller Racing fr Hyundai i30 N
TBA Yvan Muller fr Yvan Muller Racing fr Hyundai i30 N
TBA TBA ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport de Honda Civic Type-R
TBA TBA Romeo Ferraris it Alfa Romeo Giulietta
TBA TBA Romeo Ferraris it Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Image via Cupra TCR and FIA WTCC Media

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