- Date of Birth: 17/06/1992
- Place of Birth: Choisy-le-Roi
With five appearances in Qualifying Q3 plus three podiums in an independently-run Chevrolet, Valente’s stock rose considerably in 2015 and attracted several suitors, most notably the works LADA team, which has elevated the youngster from promising privateer to potential factory star. With a background in karting and Formula Renault, Valente won the French SEAT series in 2012 before progressing to the WTCC the following season. He took podiums in Morocco, Hungary and Macau in 2014 and stayed with Campos Racing for 2015 when he also landed the AUTO BILD Goldenes Lenkrad (Golden Wheel) for qualifying second at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.