Pepe Oriola will hope to impress this weekend as he seeks to end his recent barren run in the World Touring Car Championship.
The 19-year-old has not scored any points in the last four races and has put that fact down to bad luck, having suffered with two non-finishes at Suzuka in what was a weekend to forget for the Chevrolet Cruze driver.
The Catalan racer insists that he is fully prepared for the demands of Shanghai this weekend and is looking forward to challenging for the podium once again having spent time getting fitter and on the simulator for the gruelling Asian track.
"The truth is that we've had very bad luck in the last two rounds, with problems and drive-throughs'' said the Marrakech race winner, who added, ''I'm looking forward to Shanghai and I'm very well prepared, having done a lot of work with the simulator and also physical training."
"The circuit has two long straights, which favor the Chevrolets. We will continue our work with the new car, but our goal is to reach the podium and get a victory in the races we have left until the end of the year."
The former SEAT drivers' lack of points of recent times has dropped him from an sixth to ninth in the championship table. A top six finish in the standings is still mathematical, if not a tough ask.
by Dexter Fielding