The Barcelona native achieved two podium finishes at the challenging street circuit de Vila Real with his CUPRA TCR. Besides, Oriola finished fourth in the final race. Filippi’s race was marred by a huge pile-up on Saturday
Team Oscaro by Campos Racing continues to impose itself upon the elite in the FIA WTCR with another strong performance in the Race of Portugal, which took place last weekend. Pepe Oriola and John Filippi experienced contrasting fortunes throughout the event but they both showed excellent competitiveness in their Team Oscaro by Campos Racing-run CUPRA TCR cars.
Oriola and Filippi posted competitive lap times in the free practice sessions, which later managed to convert into a good starting position in the first qualifying session on Saturday. Filippi clocked a time of 2m02.075s to start from 7th on the grid and Oriola, who couldn’t put together a perfect lap, was 13th-fastest with his time of 2m02.752s. However, Filippi’s chances were dashed when the Corsican driver was caught in a huge pile-up at the start of race 1. His car was severely damaged and he couldn’t restart the race later. On the other hand, Oriola moved up into the top-5. The driver of Team Oscaro by Campos Racing passed Jean-Karl Vernay for fourth halfway through the race. In the dying minutes, Oriola still moved past Gabriele Tarquini for third.
On Sunday, Oriola excelled in qualifying with his 4th-fastest lap time of 2m01.151s. Filippi got his CUPRA TCR fixed through the night by Team Oscaro by Campos Racing mechanics. The young Corsican ace qualified 11th with a personal best time of 2m01.255s. Oriola’s charge for podium continued in race 2 as he moved up to third after the 11-lap race. On the other hand, Filippi lost a place to take the chequered flag in 12th. Finally, in race 3, Oriola also remained in podium contention to finish 4th with Filippi ending up 16th.
After five rounds, Oriola sits 9th in the Drivers’ Championship on 113 points. Team Oscaro by Campos Racing lies sixth in the Teams’ Standings on 125 points.
The Race of Slovakia – the final stop of the “European season”- will take place on 14-15 July.