Jose Maria Lopez

Jose Maria Lopez

1983-04-26 (age 38)

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.

Lopez on top in first practice in Slovakia

Citroen's Jose Maria Lopez was fastest in the first free practice at the Slovakiaring on Saturday, the reigning WTCC champion holding the top spot comfortably throughout.

Citroen shouldn’t be pegged back, says WTCC promoter

The works Citroen WTCC squad doesn’t deserve to be penalised for its success in the series, according to championship promoter Francois Ribeiro.

Citroën: Busy times for the FIA WTCC

WTCC will reach its halfway mark next weekend at the Slovakia Ring. A week later, the competitors will be at it again at France’s Paul Ricard circuit.

Title battle wide open as WTCC heads to Slovakia

Yvan Muller can overhaul Citroën team-mate José María López with strong result.

Citroën: Red Army conquers Russia!

Yvan Muller and José María López followed up their strong qualifying performance with another one-two for Citroën in race 2 at Moscow Raceway.

Muller closes gap on Lopez with Moscow opener win

Yvan Muller took his third win of the 2015 WTCC season at Moscow Raceway, leading home Citroen teammate Jose Maria Lopez by three seconds.

Citroën's Yvan Muller earned his second pole position of the season at Moscow

The Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs held off a reinvigorated opposition to claim the top two spots in qualifying at Moscow Race way.

Lopez: WTCC success down to risk-taking

Reigning WTCC champion Jose Maria Lopez believes the secret to his success in the series is his willingness to take more risks than his Citroen teammates.

Four Citroëns in it to win it!

After an out-of-the-ordinary experience at the Nürburgring, the FIA WTCC returns to a more conventional setting for its next meeting at Moscow Raceway.

Lopez elated with "priceless" Nordschleife victory

Citroen's Jose Maria Lopez was left delighted after the WTCC's first visit to the Nordschleife, describing his race one victory as "priceless".

Lopez leads Citroen 1-2-3 at the Nordschleife

Citroen's Jose Maria Lopez took a lights to flag victory at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, after the independent front-runners Hugo Valente and Norbert Michelisz made contact at the start of the race from second and fourth on the grid.

Lopez claims pole at the Nordschleife

Reigning WTCC champion Jose Maria Lopez will start from pole position at the Nordschleife, setting a time of 8m37.327s to go 1.2 seconds faster than his closest competitor Hugo Valente.

Lopez fastest in final Nurburgring practice

Citroen’s Jose Maria Lopez was fastest in the second WTCC practice session at the Nordschleife, becoming the first man of the weekend to break the 8m40s barrier.

Lopez leads Nordschleife WTCC test

Citroen's Jose Maria Lopez was fastest of all in the first one-hour test session of this weekend's WTCC round at the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

Nürburgring next as WTCC heroes get set for the big one

The Big One will be a highlight of the 2015 season – and the hardest race of the year.

One-two for Citroën in Hungary!

José María Lopez picked up the fourteenth victory of his FIA WTCC career, with Yvan Muller the runner-up.

Lopez takes comfortable third win of the year in Hungary

Citroen’s Jose Maria Lopez extended his championship lead after taking winning the first WTCC race in Budapest from teammate Yvan Muller.

Yvan Muller, The Hungaroring Master

The Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs performed strongly in qualifying at the Hungaroring, despite carrying 60 kg more weight than the rest of the field for the first time this season.

Muller leads Valente after qualifying in Hungary

Citroen's Yvan Muller took a first pole of the 2015 WTCC season in the first dry running of the weekend at the Hungaroring, ahead of Hugo Valente.

Lopez stays on top in second practice at Hungary

Citroen's Jose Maria Lopez was again fastest in a wet second WTCC practice session at the Hungaroring, going just over half a second quicker than the Hondas of Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro.

Big crash for Loeb in Hungary, as Lopez tops first practice

Citroen Racing faces a big job to rebuild Sebastien Loeb's C-Elysee after a heavy crash in free practice for the FIA World Touring Car Championship at the Hungaroring.

Home WTCC hero Michelisz heads López chase in Hungary

One driver in particular who will be hoping that ‘Pechito’ López’s winless streak in Eastern Europe continues is Norbert Michelisz.

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A disappointing result for Tom Coronel in Moroccan WTCC weekend - video

Marrakech once again becomes 'Marracrash' for Coronel: A pair of retirements on the tight, twisty street

Muller wins incident-packed second race in Marrakech

Citroen's Yvan Muller won the second race of the day in Marrakech from the reverse grid pole, fighting off teammate Sebastien Loeb for the duration in a race that saw much contact.

Lopez takes lights-to-flag Marrakech win

Reigning champion Jose Maria Lopez took a dominant win in Marrakech, leading from start to finish just as he did in his first race with Citroën at the circuit a year ago.

Marrakech grid confirmed following raft of penalties

The grid for the first WTCC race in Marrakech has been confirmed following the application of eight grid penalties post-qualifying, accounting for almost half of the 18-car grid.

Muller receives Marrakech qualifying reprimand

Citroen driver Yvan Muller has been given a formal reprimand by WTCC stewards for what they deemed as dangerous behaviour under yellow flags during qualifying at Marrakech.

Lopez beats Bennani to pole in Morocco

Jose Maria Lopez has claimed pole position for the second round of the World Touring Car Championship at Marrakech in a mixed up qualifying session.

Lopez tops shortened second practice

Citroen's Jose Maria Lopez completed a practice hat-trick in Morocco, finishing on top in the final practice session of the weekend for the second round of the WTCC at Marrakech.

Lopez quickest in first Marrakech practice

World Touring Car Championship points leader Jose Maria Lopez led first practice at the Marrakech street circuit, leading his Citroen teammate Sebastien Loeb in the 30-minute session which saw six different drivers on the top of the timesheet.

Lopez quickest in Marrakech WTCC test

Citroen driver Jose Maria Lopez pipped teammate Yvan Muller in Friday's test session for the World Touring Car Championship round in Marrakech.

Muller has tough hill to climb heading into Marrakech

The Citroen driver hasn't had anything go his way thus far and faces more adversity heading to Marrakech.

WTCC Street stars back in Marrakech

Race of Morocco is the first of two all-action urban spectaculars on the 2015 schedule.

Ricardo Maurício and Nestor Girolami win Stock Car Race of the Duos in Brazil

45 thousand people packed the grandstand at the Ayrton Senna Circuit in Goiânia. Marcos Gomes/Mark Winterbottom came second with Allam Khodair/Antonio Felix da Costa third after a fierce battle with Cacá Bueno/José Maria López

Stock Car Brazil: Abreu and Piquet on pole in a dry circuit

Marcos Gomes and Australia’s Mark Winterbottom join them on the first row of the grid in the Race of the Duos, the opening round of Brazilian Stock Car Championship.

Lopez takes WTCC season opener in Citroen 1-2-3

The reigning champion has started where he left off in 2014 ... On top.

Can Citroen be stopped in 2015? Probably not...

Are we in for another season of the Citroen in the WTCC?

Champion López takes pole position for WTCC race of Argentina

'Catch Me If You Can' time for the Argentinean José María López

Yvan Muller: Simulator sickness no longer a factor

On the eve of the WTCC opener in Argentina this weekend, caught up with four-time World Champion Yvan Muller.

Citroën and López begin title defense

The first round takes place in Argentina, the home country of World Champion Pechito López.

Let battle commence as WTCC season 2015 is go, go, go!

Planet Earth’s finest touring car racing heroes will resume their battle for on-track glory in Argentina.

Star-studded line-up for 2015

The entry list includes five WTCC champions and two former Formula One racers.

Ma secures full-time Citroen WTCC drive for 2015

Chinese driver Ma Qing Hua will complete the full 2015 World Touring Car Championship with Citroen, the French marque has announced.

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Champion López reveals Loeb worship

Sébastien Loeb captured nine World Rally Championship titles and became a hero in López’s native Argentina.

Citroen cleans up at FIA Prize Giving

The WTCC podium was monopolized by the French marque.

Racing driver Tom Coronel very happy after a successful 2014 WTCC season - video

Tom Coronel concludes his 25th year in motor racing with seventh place in the final FIA WTCC standings.

Lopez, Huff take home wins in WTCC finale in Macau

In the full respect of the tradition, the final event of the WTCC season in Macau provided plenty of action and coups de théâtre.

You don’t change a winning team!

José María López, Yvan Muller and Sébastien Loeb, who have secured the top three spots in the 2014 World Championship standings*, will all be continuing their association with the team.

Norbert Michelisz bets on Honda podium in Macau street lottery

At the wheel of the Castrol-Civic WTCC Gabriele Tarquini will start on row 3 having finished the qualifying in 6th position.

Macau: Jackpot for Citroën!

The final qualifying session of the season was dominated by the Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs, who achieved another clean sweep in the streets of Macau.

Jose Maria Lopez on pole at Macau

Recently-crowned World Champion José María López took the last pole position of 2014.

Tarquini, Monteiro make 1-2 for Honda

Honda sits on top of the time charts at Macau.

Citroën aims to finish the season in style!

The twelfth and final round of the FIA WTCC will take place on Macau’s legendary street circuit.

Tom Coronel just misses out on podium finish in Japan - video

Tom Coronel 7th and 4th with ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze.

Honda wins in Suzuka – Tarquini takes impressive victory

Gabriele Tarquini took the second race win of the season for Honda, while Norbert Michelisz brought his Civic home in third position.