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Favourite five: López reveals his best WTCC wins


José María López will complete his three-year stint as a factory driver in the FIA World Touring Car Championship when the 2016 season concludes in Qatar next month. The Citroën driver picks out five of the wins that have mattered most.

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1: King of the Ring, 2016

“It’s easy to choose the best one, definitely the Nordschleife. Every race there was special and on a different level to every other circuit but this year especially. Everyone knew the track [after we raced there in 2015] and I wasn’t expecting to dominate with 80 kilos more in the car. But we were 3.5 seconds quicker in qualifying. It was unfortunate what happened to Yvan [Muller] and Tiago [Monteiro] because they crashed but to start the Opening Race from P10 and win was very special. We had the drama of the accident but then I went through a very narrow gap to win.”

2: From the back in France, 2014

“Paul Ricard in 2014 is my second choice. We had the exclusion in qualifying so we were starting from the back. It was only the second race with the car but we won, it was amazing.”

3: A home double, 2014

“It’s a bit of a shame that I have to put my Argentinian win in third place but the second race in 2014 starting from P10 and winning the race in my home country was a very special moment because it was a double win for me that year.”

4: Mighty in mythical Macau, 2014

“Arriving to that mythical track for my first time against my very special team-mate Yvan Muller, who had won there many times before. I never expected to arrive there and win and that was amazing. I was afraid of the walls because I had some very bad memories from a street circuit in Argentina where I had some crashes. Even if I had already won the championship I wanted to win there. There was also the record of winning the most races in one season so I knew if I could win one more race it would be very special.”

5: In the wheel tracks of idol Senna, 2014

“Not just because it was Suzuka but it was the place where my idol Ayrton Senna won his world championship and it’s where I got my world championship as well. It was my first world championship and it will always be very special.”