Pepe Oriola to switch to Chevrolet from Porto WTCC event
|By Sam Tremayne||Monday, June 10th 2013, 08:29 GMT|
Pepe Oriola will switch from SEAT to Chevrolet machinery from the next round of the World Touring Car Championship in Porto.
The Cruze will still be run by his current Tuenti team, with support coming from Chevrolet's ex-works squad RML.
Oriola, 18, became the youngest winner in the history of the WTCC when he triumphed in Marrakech in April.
He has raced with SEAT since making his series debut at the age of 16 at Curitiba in 2011.
His father, Pepe Oriola Snr., told AUTOSPORT the switch was a no brainer once a 'very good offer' was made by RML owner Ray Mallock.
"We had a really good price and really good conditions to rent a car from Ray," he explained.
"Ray wants to have a young driver under his charge, to keep for the future.
"We will get help from Chevrolet, to the same level as we receive from SEAT now, so it makes sense everywhere."
Oriola currently lies 10th in the championship after finishing fourth in the Moscow Raceway finale, his final race with SEAT.
AUTOSPORT understands Campos could expand to running three SEAT Leons following Oriola's switch.
Fernando Monje has a full-time deal with the squad, with Hugo Valente and Nikolai Karamyshev to date splitting duties once a second car was wheeled out in Hungary.
Karamyshev is due to compete in Porto before Valente returns for the remainder of the flyaways.
Campos team manager Joan Orus told AUTOSPORT: "We have one car free now, so maybe Nikolai will do more races this year, as we were really happy with his debut. We're also speaking to several drivers about Argentina."