WTCC cham­pion Lopez to race in For­mula E

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Reign­ing World Tour­ing Car cham­pion Jose Maria Lopez will switch to For­mula E for the elec­tric cat­e­gory’s 2016/17 sea­son.

The Argentinian is on course to take a third WTCC ti­tle with Citroen this sea­son but with the French man­u­fac­turer pulling out of the se­ries at the end of the year he has de­cided to move to For­mula E. He will part­ner Sam Bird at DS Vir­gin Rac­ing and will con­tinue his links with Citroen.

“This is a re­ally ex­cit­ing move for me and I’m look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge of For­mula E with DS Vir­gin Rac­ing,” he said.

“I am con­fi­dent that we can achieve great things to­gether next sea­son.”

Lopez re­places Jean-eric Vergne who will move to the new Techee­tah squad that has bought Team Aguri’s en­try, and will race along­side Ma Qing Hua. Mean­while, Stephane Sar­razin will con­tinue with Ven­turi.

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