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Oriola confirms 2013 programme

28 February 2013

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 Honda Racing Team JAS Honda Civic 1.6T
Tiago Monteiro Honda Racing Team JAS Honda Civic 1.6T
James Thompson Lukoil LADA Sport LADA Granta Sport
Aleksei Dudukalo Lukoil LADA Sport LADA Granta Sport
Norbert Michelisz Zengo Motorsport Honda Civic 1.6T
Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC
Darryl O'Young ROAL Motorsport BMW 320 TC
Alex MacDowall Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T
James Nash Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T
Mehdi Bennani Proteam Motorsport BMW 320 TC
Rob Huff Munnich Motorsport SEAT Leon WTCC
Marc Basseng Munnich Motorsport SEAT Leon WTCC
Rene Munnich Munnich Motorsport SEAT Leon WTCC
Franz Engstler Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC
Charles Ng Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320 TC
TBA Wiechers-Sport BMW 320 TC
Pepe Oriola Tuenti Racing Team SEAT Leon WTCC


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