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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.

Ever-present on the FIA World Touring Car Championship calendar since 2011, the Hungaroring near Budapest hosts WTCC Race of Hungary from 12-14 May. And that will mean Norbert Michelisz fans in their thousands.

Forty-one drivers have clocked fastest laps in the FIA World Touring Car Championship since 2005. Multi-record-breaking legend Yvan Muller heads the list on 38 with new ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport signing Rob Huff third behind José María López on 27. The full list of WTCC fastest lap setters.

Forty-one drivers have clocked fastest laps in the FIA World Touring Car Championship since 2005. Multi-record-breaking legend Yvan Muller heads the list on 38 with new ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport signing Rob Huff third behind José María López on 27. The full list of WTCC fastest lap setters.

Rob Huff will do all he can to win the FIA World Touring Car Championship for a second time after re-signing with ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport for 2017.

The Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team has thanked Rob Huff for his contribution to the squad’s success and progression in 2016 following confirmation that he will be returning to ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport for the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship.

Rob Huff’s FIA World Touring Car Championship rivals better beware: the former champion will face off for a second coveted crown in a Citroën C-Elysée WTCC.

This is the moment when Mehdi Bennani punched the air in triumph after claiming FIA World Touring Car Championship race win number two in the rain of Hungary back in April 2016.