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Lopez to start Race 1 last after engine change

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Lopez to start Race 1 last after engine change
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Aug 7, 2016, 1:54 PM

WTCC points leader Jose Maria Lopez will start Sunday's opening race of the Termas de Rio Hondo round from last place.

Polesitter José María López, Citroën World Touring Car Team, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC
José María López, Citroën World Touring Car Team, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC, Tom Chilton, Sébastien Loeb Racing, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC, Yvan Muller, Citroën World Touring Car Team, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC during MAC3 qualifying
José María López, Citroën World Touring Car Team, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

Lopez was originally set to line up in 10th in the reverse-grid Race 1, but drops to the back after an engine change.

Citroen has confirmed that it had decided to replace the engine on the reigning champion's Citroen C-Elysee on Saturday night.

Lopez had topped Saturday qualifying and will keep pole position for Race 2, as the penalty is only applied to the very next race after the engine change.

The Argentine is currently 106 points clear of his nearest rival in the standings, with 10 races to go.

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