Qualifying: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC), 1m43.766s (166.73kph), 02/08/2014
Race: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC), 1m45.926s (163.337kph/101.493mph), 03/08/2014
1: The Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo, located in the city of the same name, was built in 2007 but underwent a complete overhaul in 2012 under the gaze of Italian circuit designer Jarno Zaffelli.
2: This circuit has played host to the national TC2000 touring car series, Formula Renault and MotoGP, with last year’s race won by 2014 champion Marc Márquez for Honda.
3: An Argentinian round of the WTCC was originally scheduled to take place at Buenos Aires in 2011. It was cancelled after there were problems homologating the track for international use.
4: Home hero José María López may be making his mark in the WTCC, but Argentina’s most famous racing driver must still be Juan Manuel Fangio – winner of five Formula One world championships in 1951 and 1954-57.
5: The hottest and coldest temperatures in South America have been recorded in Argentina. On 6 June, 1907, Sarmiento in Patagonia recorded a temperature of minus 32.8 degrees centigrade. Thirteen years later, Villa de Maria in Cordova experienced the highest recorded temperature at 49.1 degrees centigrade.