The Portuguese circuit is one of the most challenging tracks in the world with numerous climbs and descents. Oriola, a debutant in Vila Real, and Filippi will drive the CUPRA TCR cars entered by Team Oscaro by Campos Racing
The FIA WTCR will head to the Iberian Peninsula for another exciting chapter of the 2018 season: the Race of Portugal will take place at the Circuito Internacional de Vila Real. The 4.785-kilometre layout has a unique nature as it’s a rollercoaster. In some ways, it could be called an “urban Spa-Francorchamps”. The temporary street circuit hosted its first motorsport event back in 1931 and its tight bends, climbs and descents remain unchanged.
Team Oscaro by Campos Racing will field two CUPRA TCR cars for Pepe Oriola and John Filippi. Oriola has no previous experience in Vila Real but the young Spaniard has already worked on the team’s simulator. Besides, he excels in street circuits. Oriola, who ranks tenth on 63 points, finished second at Nürburgring and third in Marrakesh with other five points-paying finishes to his name. Filippi’s experience in Vila Real will also play a key role to strengthen podium bid throughout the weekend.
Last but not least, the “joker lap” is back in Vila Real. The concept requires the drivers to take an alternative route in all three races, although not before lap 3 of any race.
Saturday’s race 1 is scheduled at 16.00 (local time) with two other races on Sunday at 15.45 (local time) and 17.10 (local time).