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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.

The top three drivers in this season’s FIA World Touring Car Championship were honoured at the FIA Prize Giving ceremony in Vienna on Friday night (2 December) where Citroën received the World Touring Car Championship for Manufacturers’ accolade.

Triple World Touring Car champion José María López can’t wait for the FIA Prize Giving ceremony to get underway in Vienna tonight.

Mehdi Bennani believes his all-out charge was key to his victory in the Main Race at FIA WTCC DHL Race of Qatar last week.

FIA World Touring Car Championship promoter François Ribeiro says next season’s title race is wide open.

James Thompson completed his FIA World Touring Car Championship comeback season with a WTCC Trophy podium brace in Qatar last week.

Thed Björk’s FIA WTCC DHL Race of Qatar podium has come at the worst possible time for Polestar Cyan Racing. No seriously.