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.

Honda has proved a big hit on and off the track in two different countries today. As well as celebrating Tiago Monteiro’s home victory in the FIA World Touring Car Championship in Portugal, the manufacturer has won the inaugural WTCC ART CARS competition, which culminated at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern England.

Tiago Monteiro got his faltering FIA World Touring Car Championship season firmly back on track with an emotional home win at WTCC Race of Portugal today.

Tom Coronel said winning for the second time in this year’s FIA World Touring Car Championship was easy.

Tiago Monteiro thrilled the huge Vila Real crowds with a superb home Main Race win at FIA WTCC Race of Portugal.

Tom Coronel scored his second Opening Race victory of the FIA World Touring Championship season by keeping Tom Chilton at bay on the streets of Vila Real.

Citroën took a closely-fought victory in the FIA World Touring Car Championship’s Manufacturers Against the Clock (WTCC MAC3) contest on the high-speed streets of Vila Real in Portugal this afternoon – by less than three tenths of a second.