Jose Maria Lopez

Jose Maria Lopez

1983-04-26 (age 38)

Monteiro expects "different story" in Hungary as Honda picks up ballast

Honda's Tiago Monteiro left Slovakia as the WTCC championship leader but the Portuguese feels it will be a "different story" next weekend in Hungary due to the redistribution of success ballast.

Slovakia WTCC: Lopez snatches win in last-lap mayhem

Jose Maria Lopez won the main race at Slovakiaring after a thrilling final lap, overtaking Lada's Nicky Catsburg, who looked set to secure his first win in WTCC.

Masterly Muller secures pole for Citroën!

The four-time World Champion produced a flawless lap to win the honour by just 0.04s.

Jose Maria Lopez: Honda will be a tough year-long opponent

In his first of a new series of columns for, reigning WTCC champion Jose Maria Lopez looks back on a tough but successful opening weekend of the 2016 season at Paul Ricard.

Huff bullish of WTCC title chances after first Honda win

Rob Huff says he believes he is in with a chance of winning the WTCC title after taking victory and a sixth place in the season-opening races at Paul Ricard.

Citroën victory worth the weight!

In the opening meeting of the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship, the Citroën Total team has proved it remains the team to beat.

Paul Ricard WTCC: Lopez holds off Monteiro to win main race

Citroen's Jose Maria Lopez won the second WTCC race of the day at the Paul Ricard circuit, crossing the line just three-tenths of a second clear of the Honda of Tiago Monteiro.

Paul Ricard WTCC: Huff takes dominant win on Honda debut

Rob Huff took his first victory in the WTCC since Macau 2014 in the opening race in France, jumping into the lead at the start.

Paul Ricard WTCC: Bjork puts Volvo on top in final practice

Polestar Cyan Racing’s Thed Bjork put his Volvo S60 on top of the timesheet in the final practice session of the World Touring Car Championship at Paul Ricard.

Paul Ricard WTCC: Monteiro tops damp first practice

Honda’s Tiago Monteiro jumped to the top of the time sheets just after the chequered flag was raised in the Saturday morning practice session at Circuit Paul Ricard.

Paul Ricard WTCC: Lopez leads wet test session

Reigning champion Jose Maria Lopez was fastest of all in the 30-minute WTCC test session on Friday at the Circuit Paul Ricard.

WTCC season preview: Third time unlucky for Citroen?

The World Touring Car Championship has been Citroen's personal playground for the last two seasons - but could things be about to change in the French marque's final season in the series?

Citroën and Yvan Muller kick off the season on home soil

The two-time World Champion team is lining up two Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs on the grid at the Paul Ricard Circuit

Lopez: Don't expect Citroen out front early in 2016

Defending WTCC champion Jose Maria Lopez says the dominant Citroen outfit might struggle during the beginning of the 2016 season.

Lopez ponders future with WEC, DTM and WTCC as his options

Jose Maria Lopez says he is yet to decide on his future beyond this year, but has named WEC and DTM as his likeliest destinations should he leave WTCC.

Top 10 photos of the week: 2016-03-03

Your weekly dose of top 10 photos from around the world, shot by the award-winning photographers and contributors.’s Top 10 Touring Car drivers in the world – Part 2

An elite panel from’s editorial team has pieced together a list of the Top 10 Touring Car drivers in the world right now. Here we reveal our Top 5 – and name who we think is the best in the world.

Sebastien Loeb Racing could run up to five cars in 2017

Citroen boss Yves Matton has confirmed that Sebastien Loeb Racing could represent the French marque in the WTCC with as many as five cars in 2017.

Further world titles for Citroën and José María López

Interview with Yves Matton, Citroën Racing Team Principal

Qatar WTCC: Lopez dominates milestone night race

Citroen driver Jose Maria Lopez took a lights-to-flag victory in the WTCC's first-ever night race in Losail, Qatar, leading by almost eight seconds to secure a record-equalling 10th win of the season.

Qatar WTCC: Lopez ends Losail test on top

WTCC champion Jose Maria Lopez was fastest in the second session of the day at the Losail circuit in Qatar, which was run under floodlights with the session taking place at 7pm local time.

Qatar WTCC: Lopez tops first test session

Citroen Racing's Jose Maria Lopez topped the time sheets in the first 30-minute testing session at the Losail circuit in Qatar, leading the way ahead of Norbert Michelisz with Mehdi Bennani third.

Lopez admits he's unlikely to remain with Citroen after 2016

Citroen's two-time WTCC champion Jose Maria Lopez has stated that it will be "difficult" to find a way to continue driving for the French manufacturer after it exits the series.

Citroen to pull out of WTCC after 2016

Citroen will exit the World Touring Car Championship at the end of the 2016 season, and will slim down its works presence to just two cars for its final year in the series.

Priaulx and Lopez complete Race of Champions field

Touring car stars Andy Priaulx and Jose Maria Lopez will complete the 20-strong field for this month's Race of Champions event in the London Olympic Stadium.

Nine drivers escape penalties after Thailand carnage

A total of nine drivers were summoned to the stewards after a pair of accident-strewn races at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand, albeit all escaped without significant penalties.

José María López retains world championship title!

The Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ titles may be sewn up, but Citroën is keeping up the suspense: Yvan Muller and Sébastien Loeb are now separated by just two points and will battle it out for the runner-up spot in Qatar.

Lopez "intends" to stay with Citroen for 2016

Two-time WTCC champion Jose Maria Lopez says it is his "intention" to remain with Citroen for 2016, but wants to take time to celebrate his success before holding contract talks.

Thailand WTCC: Lopez crowned champion amid Race 1 carnage

Jose Maria Lopez dominated the first WTCC race at Buriram, Thailand, to clinch his second consecutive world title after Citroën Racing team-mate Yvan Muller was knocked out by an accident in the first lap.

Thailand WTCC: Lopez clinches race one pole

Jose Maria Lopez will start from pole position in the first race at Thailand, having become the only driver to break the 1m38s barrier in qualifying.

Thailand WTCC: Lopez tops red-flagged FP1

WTCC champion-elect Jose Maria Lopez led the way in the first free practice session of the penultimate round in Buriram, Thailand.

Lopez willing to play the percentages to secure WTCC title

WTCC champion-elect Jose Maria Lopez admits he will be taking a measured approach to this weekend's Thailand round in order to ensure he is crowned champion.

A date with destiny for José María López?

Five weeks after winning the Manufacturers’ World Championship in China*, Citroën is preparing for what could be another decisive weekend.

Matton praises "exceptional" drivers as Citroen seals title

Citroen Racing boss Yves Matton has lauded his team's "exceptional" drivers after the French marque sealed the WTCC manufacturers' crown at Shanghai.

Shanghai WTCC: Muller takes fifth win as Lopez moves closer to the title

Yvan Muller completed the celebrations for Citroen Racing in Shanghai, winning the second race of the day as Honda’s Gabriele Tarquini and reigning champion Jose Maria Lopez completed the podium after an intense battle.

Shanghai WTCC: Lopez wins as Citroen seals manufacturers' title

Jose Maria Lopez led an all-Citroen top three in Race 1 at Shanghai, as Citroen secured the WTCC manufacturers’ crown for the second year in a row.

Shanghai WTCC: Lopez earns fifth pole of 2015

Citroën Racing’s José María López made the most of the changing track conditions to achieve yet another pole position in Shanghai, host of the tenth round of the 2015 FIA World Touring Car season.

Shanghai WTCC: Ma Qing Hua stays on top in second practice

Ma Qing Hua continued to be the fastest man of the day, topping the time sheets in the second free practice session this morning in Shanghai.

Citroën sets its sights on another title in China

Citroën Total will be aiming to secure its second consecutive World Touring Car Championship title at the tenth meeting of the season in Shanghai.

Seventh win for Pechito López

José María López secured his seventh race win of the season at Motegi, extending his lead at the top of the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

Monteiro wins in Motegi as title contenders hit trouble

Castrol Honda’s Tiago Monteiro claimed his second win of the season, and the third for Honda this year while championship contenders Yvan Muller and Jose Maria Lopez both failed to finish the race after separate incidents.

Lopez extends points lead with race one victory in Japan

Citroen’s Jose Maria Lopez deprived Honda of a home victory after taking the lead from Norbert Michelisz into the first corner at Motegi, leading the rest of the way to take his seventh win of the season.

Citroëns tightly packed in qualifying

The first FIA WTCC qualifying session after the summer break was a closely contested affair.

Michelisz claims first pole of the year for Honda in Japan

Zengo Motorsport’s Norbert Michelisz claimed a sensational pole position for Honda in Motegi, outperforming championship leader Jose Maria Lopez in the one-lap shootout.

WTCC returns with trip to Japan

After a two-month hiatus, the FIA WTCC is back, kicking off its tour of Asia and the Middle-East with a visit to Japan.

López and Ma, the true kings of Real!

The European portion of the FIA WTCC season ended in triumph for the Citroën Total team, which scored two one-two finishes in the streets of Vila Real.

Lopez leads Loeb in a Citroen 1-2 in the first Vila Real race

Citroen’s Joss Maria Lopez won the first race of the day at the Vila Real circuit ahead of team-mate Sebastien Loeb, leading a Citroen 1-2.

Lopez claims fourth pole of the season in Portugal

Citroen Racing’s Jose Maria Lopez grabbed pole at Vila Real by over half a second ahead of team-mate Sebastien Loeb.

Lopez tops final practice in Portugal

Championship leader Jose Maria Lopez was fastest in Free Practice 2 at Circuito Vila Real, leading Citroen team-mate Sebastien Loeb, with Nika Racing’s Nestor Girolami third fastest in the Honda Civic.

Muller leads red flagged Saturday morning practice

Citroen’s Yvan Muller was fastest in Free Practice 1 on Saturday at the Circuito Vila Real, leading team-mate Jose Maria Lopez.

The meeting of the “fearless”

On an ultra-fast track snaking between the Armco and stone walls, the “fearless” could make the difference.

Lopez shrugs off Monteiro collision at Paul Ricard

Citroen’s Jose Maria Lopez says he doesn’t feel guilty “even one percent” for the incident in the second WTCC race at Paul Ricard with Honda’s Tiago Monteiro.

Lopez takes controversial second Ricard win

Citroen’s Jose Maria Lopez scored his fifth win of the 2015 World Touring Car Championship, but faces an investigation from the stewards after an incident with Honda’s Tiago Monteiro which eliminated the ex-F1 racer.

Loeb heads home Citroen 1-2-3-4 at Paul Ricard

Sebastien Loeb took his fifth career victory in the World Touring Car Championship at Paul Ricard, leading battling team-mates Yvan Muller, Jose Maria Lopez and Ma Qing Hua across the line to take his first win in his home country.

Loeb leads Citroën pack

The Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs won the top four places in qualifying at France’s Paul Ricard Circuit today.

Loeb takes home pole position at Paul Ricard

Sebastien Loeb took his first pole position in the WTCC at Paul Ricard, producing a stunning third sector time to lead an all Citroen top-four at the French manufacturer’s home circuit.

Muller leads the way in first Paul Ricard practice

Citroen Racing’s Yvan Muller was fastest of all in the first WTCC practice session at the Paul Ricard circuit, leading title rival Jose Maria Lopez by two tenths of a second.

Citroën monopolises podium in Slovakia

The Citroën Total team monopolised the podium in both of today’s FIA WTCC races at the Slovakia Ring.

Loeb leads second all-Citroen podium in Slovakia

Citroen took another podium lockout at the Slovakiaring, as Sebastien Loeb, Jose Maria Lopez and Yvan Muller charged through to claim the top three spots.

Citroën claims qualifying treble at the Slovakia Ring

Yvan Muller, José María López and Sébastien Loeb earned a treble for Citroën Total in FIA WTCC qualifying at the Slovakia Ring today.