Hugo Valente

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Hugo Valente
Hugo valente spafrancorchamps2014.JPG
Nationality  French
Born (1992-06-17) June 17, 1992 (age 22)
Choisy-le-Roi, France
World Touring Car Championship career
Debut season 2012
Current team Campos Racing
Car no. 7
Former teams SUNRED Engineering
Starts 44
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 1
Best finish 12th in 2014
Previous series
2012
2010
20092010
2009
2008
French SEAT León Supercopa
Formula Renault 2.0 UK
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 WEC
Formul'Academy Euro Series

Hugo Valente (born 17 June 1992 in Choisy-le-Roi, Paris) is a French auto racing driver. He currently races in the World Touring Car Championship having made his debut in the series at the 2012 FIA WTCC Race of China.

Racing career[edit]

Formula Renault Eurocup[edit]

For 2009 Valente moved into car racing and into the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 series with SG Formula. He finished the season 24th in the standings with a best result of 8th at the Nürburgring. He stayed in the series for 2010, moving to the new Tech 1 Racing team alongside Arthur Pic and Aaro Vainio.[1] He scored a single podium finish, of second place, on the first weekend at Motorland Aragón and he went on to finish the season 12th on 28 points.

French SEAT León Supercopa[edit]

After taking a sabbatical in 2011, Valente returned to racing for 2012 in the French SEAT León Supercopa. He led the championship going into the final round at the Circuit Paul Ricard but ultimately lost out to Jimmy Antunes in the final race.[2]

World Touring Car Championship[edit]

SUNRED Engineering (2012)[edit]

Valente made his debut in the WTCC at the 2012 FIA WTCC Race of China, driving the SUNRED SR León 1.6T previously driven in the 2012 season by Tiago Monteiro and Hiroki Yoshimoto.[3] He qualified 23rd for the race with the only SR León on the grid. His car was found to be over-boosting later on in Q1 but his best time was set prior to the change being made so his grid slot was unaffected.[4] His best result of the weekend was fifteenth in race one, but he was later dropped to sixteenth in the classification when he was one of five drivers issued with a 30-second penalty for cutting a chicane to avoid a separate incident.[5]

Valente competing in the 2014 World Touring Car Championship

Campos Racing (2013–)[edit]

Valente would stay the WTCC full-time in 2013 season, joining Campos Racing alongside Fernando Monje in a SEAT León WTCC.[6] The start of his season was delayed until the Race of Hungary when Campos introduced their second car.[7] He skipped the Russian and Portuguese rounds of the championship and his car was taken over by European Touring Car Cup driver Nikolay Karamyshev.[8]

Racing record[edit]

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2012 SUNRED Engineering SUNRED SR León 1.6T ITA
1
ITA
2
ESP
1
ESP
2
MAR
1
MAR
2
SVK
1
SVK
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
AUT
1
AUT
2
POR
1
POR
2
BRA
1
BRA
2
USA
1
USA
2
JPN
1
JPN
2
CHN
1

16
CHN
2

18
MAC
1
MAC
2
NC 0
2013 Campos Racing SEAT León WTCC ITA
1
ITA
2
MAR
1
MAR
2
SVK
1
SVK
2
HUN
1

12
HUN
2

19
AUT
1

Ret
AUT
2

DNS
RUS
1
RUS
2
POR
1

18
POR
2

14
ARG
1

13
ARG
2

8
USA
1

13
USA
2

14
JPN
1

JPN
2

CHN
1

Ret
CHN
2

12
MAC
1

Ret
MAC
2

Ret
21st 4
2014 Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 MAR
1

8
MAR
2

3
FRA
1

6
FRA
2

10
HUN
1

10
HUN
2

3
SVK
1

11
SVK
2

C
AUT
1

NC
AUT
2

Ret
RUS
1

Ret
RUS
2

9
BEL
1

12
BEL
2

9
ARG
1

Ret
ARG
2

Ret
BEI
1

12
BEI
2

11
CHN
1

9
CHN
2

8
JPN
1

5
JPN
2

Ret
MAC
1

NC
MAC
2

3
12th 85
2015 Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 ARG
1

Ret
ARG
2

DNS
MAR
1

15
MAR
2

9
HUN
1

3
HUN
2

8
GER
1

Ret
GER
2

DNS
RUS
1

RUS
2

SVK
1

SVK
2

FRA
1

FRA
2

POR
1

POR
2

JPN
1

JPN
2

CHN
1

CHN
2

THA
1

THA
2

QAT
1

QAT
2

10th* 27*

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A new era for Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0". Racecar (Racecar New Media Services Ltd.). 13 April 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Finale au Castellet: Jimmy Antunes Champion 2012 pour une seconde!" [Finale at Le Castellet: Jimmy Antunes 2012 Champion by a second!]. SEAT León Supercopa (in French) (Oreca). 28 October 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Hudson, Neil (25 October 2012). "Hugo Valente to race for SUNRED in Shanghai". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Hudson, Neil (3 November 2012). "Alex Liu granted permission to start from outside 107%". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Auger, Matt (4 November 2012). "Shanghai WTCC: Penalty Summary". Touring-Cars.net (Andrew Abbott). Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Campos Racing confirm Monje and Valente for 2013". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). 13 March 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Tremayne, Sam (23 April 2013). "Hugo Valente to return to WTCC with Campos SEAT in Hungary". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "KARAMYSHEV FACES WTCC DEBUT". World Touring Car Championship (Kigema Sport Organisation). 24 May 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Hugo Valente at Wikimedia Commons