Oscar Nogues will step into the World Touring Car Championship this weekend in Pau as a reward for his success in the opening rounds of the new SEAT Leon Eurocup.

Nogues emerged as the highest scoring driver from the opening weekend of the season in Valencia and as such, will now take up a one-off WTCC drive in the latest rounds of the series.

The Spaniard survived tricky conditions in the wet opening race of the weekend to secure the first win in Leon Eurocup history as the SunRed man came home eight seconds clear of Portuguese racer Felix du Duarte.

Although he saw former BTCC competitor Eoin Murray secure the victory in race two for the PRS Group Speed Racing squad, Nogues came home in second place and having scored seven points more than the Irish driver over the course of the weekend, will now take up a drive in the WTCC on the challenging Pau street circuit.

"I'm very happy to be the first winner of the Eurocup, and being able to take part in a race of the world championship again is just wonderful," he said. "It is true that the Pau racetrack is one of the most demanding and complicated since it doesn't allow for any mistake, but I hope to be able to make a good race despite the high pace of the WTCC drivers."

With points counting from all bar one race weekend in the Leon Eurocup, Nogues' title challenge won't be hit by his entry into the WTCC, while the highest scoring driver in France this weekend will secure a drive at Estoril in July.

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