José Maria ‘Pechito’ López is a racing driver from Argentina whose varied career in motor sport eventually led him to a double triumph in the World Touring Car Championship in 2014 and 2015.
Despite facing strong competition from his world-famous Citroën team-mates Yvan Muller and Sébastien Loeb, López has dominated the action in each of the two years, winning both titles with races to spare.
Before his WTCC heroics López had already competed in a wide range of different series including GP2, Formula 3000, ALMS and FIA GT.
Having started in karting in 1993, he progressed through the ranks before beating Robert Kubica to the Formula Renault Italia title in 2002. López has also been a test driver for the Renault F1 team and he was even lined up to race for the USF1 team that ultimately failed to make the grid in 2010.
Such a variety of experience will be crucial at the Race Of Champions. López made his debut in Barbados in 2014, at one point memorably rolling the Stadium Super Truck…
2013 First WTCC win for Wiechers-Sport
2009 TRV6 champion
2008 Buenos Aires 200km winner
2003 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup champion
2002 Italian Formula Renault champion
2014 was Pechito’s first appearance at the Race Of Champions