Oriola at the 2012 FIA WTCC Race of Japan.
July 9, 1994 |
|2014 World Touring Car Championship|
|Current team||Campos Racing|
|Former teams||Tuenti Racing Team
|Best finish||1st in 2013|
|SEAT León Eurocup
SEAT León Supercopa Spain
Josep "Pepe" Oriola Vila (born 9 July 1994 in Barcelona) is a Spanish racing driver. He became the youngest driver to race in the World Touring Car Championship when he competed in the 2011 season. As of 2014, he will act as a driver coach for Campos Racing's drivers competing in the European Touring Car Cup and the World Touring Car Championship. He will also compete in the last three rounds of the 2014 World Touring Car Championship season, that will be held in China, Japan and Macau.
Oriola began his career in karting in 2004 at the age of nine. He switched to touring cars at the end of 2009 at the age of 15 when he competed in the final round of the SEAT León Supercopa Spain, finishing on the podium. In 2010 he competed in full seasons of both the Spanish Supercopa and SEAT León Eurocup with the Monlau Competition team. He took his first victory at the second Eurocup race at Brands Hatch, which was shortened due to a heavy accident involving Francisco Carvalho. He then took a double victory at the season finale at Valencia to move up to fourth in the final Eurocup standings. He also finished fourth in the Supercopa standings.
World Touring Car Championship
In 2011 Oriola raced a SEAT León in the World Touring Car Championship for Sunred Engineering. He became the youngest ever driver in the series when he made his debut, aged 16 years, 8 months and 11 days at the 2011 FIA WTCC Race of Brazil. He scored his first points in the second race of the season at Curitiba.
Oriola will continue in the WTCC in 2012, staying with Sunred but now racing under the Tuenti Racing Team banner. He left the first round in Italy in a three way tie for first place in the Yokohama Trophy with Stefano D'Aste and Alex MacDowall, having started from the class pole position in race one. He took his first overall podium finish in race two of the Race of Portugal. Oriola spent much of the season at the top of the Yokohama Trophy but dropped behind Norbert Michelisz in the standings after the Race of Brazil. He took his second podium finish of the season in race two of the Race of Japan with second place behind Stefano D'Aste having started from that position on the reversed grid.
Oriola stayed in the WTCC for the 2013 season driving for the Tuenti Racing Team. He would not be eligible for the Yokohama Trophy as the team was now run by SEAT Sport. At the season opening Race of Italy he qualified fourth as the best placed SEAT driver on the grid. He retired from race one with a puncture having been running fifth and finished sixth in race two. On 7 April 2013 at the Race of Morocco he became the youngest person to win a WTCC race when he claimed victory in race two. After the Race of Russia, Oriola confirmed he would be switching to a Chevrolet Cruze car for the following round in Portugal.
Complete World Touring Car Championship results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
- Pep Oriola to continue with SUNRED, TouringCarTimes.
- Three-way tie at the top of the indies standings, TouringCarTimes.
- Aller, Tamara (21 February 2013). "Pepe Oriola seguirá en el WTCC". Motor y Racing. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
- Hudson, Neil (15 March 2013). "Full entry list for the first round of the 2013 WTCC". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
- Tremayne, Sam (23 March 2013). "Monza WTCC: Yvan Muller dominates chaotic qualifying". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 25 March 2013.
- "RACE 2 – ORIOLA THE YOUNGEST WINNER". World Touring Car Championship (Kigema Sport Organisation). 7 April 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
- Hudson, Neil (9 June 2013). "Pepe Oriola confirms Chevrolet switch from next round". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 9 June 2013.
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