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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.

LADA Sport Rosneft revved up for WTCC Race of Argentina with a three-day test in Spain earlier this month.

Mehdi Bennani scored FIA World Touring Car Championship win number two in an action-packed wet Opening Race at the Hungaroring in Apirl, in which Tom Chiltion came from P10 on the grid to make it a one-two for Sébastien Loeb Racing on WTCC start number 100.

While José María López was busy breaking records in the FIA World Touring Car Championship with a new track best in qualifying, Thed Björk was also making history at WTCC Race of Hungary in April… and preparing to become a father.

Nicky Catsburg has revealed his plan for success when the FIA World Touring Car Championship goes on tour from next month.

Record-breaking lap times at the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend would come as no surprise to the country’s top racing driver Norbert Michelisz, a winner in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

Ryo Michigami says he will do all he can to be successful when he makes his FIA World Touring Car Championship debut for Honda at WTCC Race of Japan from 2-4 September.