Pepe Oriola has confirmed that he will return to the World Touring Car Championship for the 2013 season after reports last week suggesting that the young Spaniard was closing on a deal.
Oriola will race for the Tuenti Racing team at the wheel of a SEAT Leon WTCC
in what will be his third season in the championship, despite him still being just 18-years-old.
The Spaniard, who is the youngest driver to have ever stood on the podium in an FIA
World Championship, took eighth in the championship standings last year and will now aim to improve on that result when the new season gets underway at Monza.
“It has been a difficult winter, as we had to put in a strong effort to find companies willing to sponsor the programme,” he said. “2013 will be tough, however I hope that the experience I have gained last year will help me to improve further.
“I am still the youngest of the pack, but I am respected by my competitors who have to reckon with me on the track! My goal is to finish among the top-six in the championship.” 2013 WTCC entry list: (as of 28 February 2013):Gabriele Tarquini
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