Victory Gives López World Title
It’s done! José María López secured his first WTCC title with a perfect Race One in Suzuka, taking another win (the 9th, equalling Muller’s record of most wins in a season set in 2012).
The Argentine kept his cool as he made perfect start from pole position to remain in command until the chequered flag. His only rival, Yvan Muller, raced hard during the opening six laps before suffering a puncture that forced him to the pits.
The new champion was welcomed in victory lane by music and Argentine flags while his mechanics were wearing the Argentine national football team’s shirts.
PECHITO FOLLOWS IN FANGIO’S FOOTSTEPS TO CLINCH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CROWN
Two weeks after winning the Manufacturers’ World Championship*, Citroën has added the Drivers’ title to its trophy cabinet thanks to José María López.
The Suzuka meeting saw Pechito notch up his ninth race win of the season. Sébastien Loeb also made it onto the podium in race one.
José María López is the first Argentinian to win a motorsport World Championship since Juan Manuel Fangio fifty-seven years ago.
*Subject to publication of the official results by the FIA.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY: JOSÉ MARÍA LÓPEZ
“It’s an amazing feeling. As ever, the first thing that comes to mind is all the people I need to thank. Thank you to my family, to all those who helped me when things were at their hardest, and to Citroën for choosing me to drive one of their C-Elysées. Thanks, too, to all the engineers and mechanics. Not just the ones who look after my car, because we all work together. It’s really special to have won on one of Ayrton Senna’s favourite circuits. It’s also an honour to emulate Juan Manuel Fangio as an Argentinian World Champion. It’s thanks to him that our country is so mad about motorsport and I am proud to represent my nation in the FIA WTCC.”