The Spaniard brought a second place finish in race 2 at the wheel of his CUPRA TCR and still has a mathematically chance of clinching the World Touring Car Cup title. Filippi ended up 12th
Pepe Oriola and Team Oscaro by Campos Racing will still have a mathematical chance of claiming the 2018 WTCR title in Macau, the title deciding event taking place next month. Oriola added a seventh podium finish to his tally in his Team Oscaro by Campos Racing-run CUPRA TCR and now sits fourth in the Drivers’ standings on 227 points.
Oriola and his Corsical teammate John Filippi made a strong start to the Japanese venue securing top-ten results in the free practice session. Later in qualifying, Oriola qualified eighth by clocking a lap time of 2m11.991s, which was a mere three tenths of a second off pole position. Filippi took the 22nd spot on the starting grid with his personal best of 2m13.084s. Race 1 saw a close battle for the top-ten and Oriola came tenth after eleven laps. Filippi took the checkered flag in 20th.
In the second qualifying session, Oriola secured the pole position for race 2 by setting the 10th-fastest lap time (2m12.001s). Filippi set to start from 22nd with his 2m13.084s. Oriola couldn’t fend off Rob Huff when the lights went out as the Briton made an almost perfect race start. Oriola kept him pushing for the remaining of the race finally finishing second. Besides, Oriola also clocked the fastest lap of the weekend in the process. Unfortunately Oriola couldn’t repeat in the final race as he handed a drive through penalty and ended up 19th. At least, Filippi’s best result of the weekend came in race 3 when the young ace finished 12th.
The season finale will take place on 17-18 November.