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Timeline to triumph: how López went from zero to WTCC hero

Timeline to triumph: how López went from zero to WTCC hero

17/02/2017 12:00

Three-time FIA World Touring Car Championship winner José María López will be taking to the streets of Argentina’s capital tomorrow (18 February) when he continues his FIA Formula E adventure in the Buenos Aires ePrix. Here’s a reminder of the key dates and times when López made his first appearance in another major FIA championship on home soil, WTCC Race of Argentina back in 2013.

14h00, 2 August 2013: The WTCC story begins as López goes on track with this World Touring Car rivals for the first time in testing at Termas de Río Hondo. He gets on just fine, clocking P11 in his Wiechers-Sport BMW.

10h13, 3 August 2013: Things get serious. Not only does Pechito top the independent classification in Free Practice 1, he’s fourth fastest overall. Wow.

16h35, 3 August 2013: Qualifying brings more hope. While P10 hardly points to his future penchant for poles (his current tally totals 21), it translates as top spot for race two.

09h15, 4 August 2013: López’s rivals get another wake-up call when he goes fastest of all by seven-tenths in morning Warm-up. Could a shock be on the cards?

14h41, 4 August 2013: Fifth place and top independent finisher represent job well done for López, who makes a big impact in his first WTCC race.

16h18, 4 August 2013: The moment has come as the lights go out to signal the start of race two. López doesn’t falter from pole and leads Tiago Monteiro by almost two seconds at the end of the opening lap. The fans go wild.

16h39, 4 August 2013: In ambient temperatures nearing 25 degrees centigrade, Argentina has its first winner of a WTCC event as López sprints to a comfortable victory, the first of 29 as things stand. It’s party time in Termas de Río Hondo and Pechito’s career is firmly back on track.

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