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More glory for WTCC champion López

More glory for WTCC champion López

02/01/2016 12:00

WTCC champion José María López has been winning again, this time topping a prestigious poll of top touring car talents.

López, who made it back-to-back FIA World Touring Car Championship crowns in 2015, was voted TouringCarTimes’ driver of the year by the website’s writers, tying for top spot with Australian V8 Supercar winner Mark Winterbottom.

The Citroën-driving Argentine equalled his record of 10 wins in one season and claimed the DHL Pole Position Award seven times on his way to WTCC title glory last season.

Justifying the 32-year-old’s top billing, TouringCarTimes wrote: “Another stellar year from the reigning champion, and even when he was put under pressure for results during the middle of the season, he never showed signs of letting it faze him. His resolve saw him replicate his 10 wins record from 2014 and the likeable Argentinian is now firmly set as a modern touring car legend after just two years racing tin tops in Europe.”

Other WTCC drivers to feature in the top 30 list included Yvan Muller (fifth), Norbert Michelisz (P11), Gabriele Tarquini (P13), Sébastien Loeb (P14), Tiago Monteiro (P17), Hugo Valente (P20) and Rob Huff (P24). Meanwhile, Thed Björk, who will form part of Polestar Cyan Racing’s WTCC attack in 2016, was P12 following his third Swedish championship triumph in 2015.

Qatar next for WTCC racers

28/09/2016 18:00 - 2016

It’s Qatar next for the FIA World Touring Car Championship following confirmation that WTCC Race of Thailand, originally scheduled from 4-6 November, won’t go ahead.

Yvan Muller went arriving in China equal on points with Tiago Monteiro in the chase for the FIA World Touring Car Championship’s unofficial silver medal to heading home 31 points ahead of his rival.

Norbert Michelisz came within two corners of making it two Opening Race wins in succession in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, only for a last-ditch passing move from Thed Björk to relegate him to second place.

LADA driver Gabriele Tarquini is convinced he could have made FIA World Touring Car Championship victory number 22 in China on Sunday had it not been for contact with Tom Chilton.

José María López enjoyed another dream weekend in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, winning the Main Race in China and capturing his fifth TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy in the process.

WTCC Q&A: Mehdi Bennani

26/09/2016 12:00 - 2016

Mehdi Bennani is the provisional WTCC Trophy champion for 2016, winning the FIA World Touring Car Championship for independent racers in style with victory in the Main Race at WTCC Race of China yesterday. This is what Sébastien Loeb Racing’s Moroccan maestro had to say.

Mehdi Bennani is the provisional WTCC Trophy champion for 2016, winning the FIA World Touring Car Championship for independent racers in style with victory in the Main Race at WTCC Race of China yesterday. This is what Sébastien Loeb Racing’s Moroccan maestro had to say.