WTCC star Lopez se­cures Toy­ota LMP1 deal

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Three-time World Tour­ing Car cham­pion Jose Maria Lopez is set to join Toy­ota’s LMP1 crew for next sea­son’s FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship.

Lopez, who has lifted the last three WTCC ti­tles with Citroen – the most re­cent of which he sealed at Motegi in Septem­ber – is re­ported to have al­ready signed with Toy­ota for the 2017 sea­son.

The Ja­panese team has not made a com­ment on re­ports of a deal, or who Lopez will re­place in its line-up. The most likely can­di­date would be 41-year-old Stephane Sar­razin.

Lopez tested with Toy­ota last win­ter when he was weigh­ing up his op­tions fol­low­ing Citroen’s an­nounce­ment it would with­draw from the WTCC at the end of 2016.

Prior to his all-con­quer­ing spell in the WTCC, Lopez raced Fer­raris in the Amer­i­can Le Mans Series and FIA GT Cham­pi­onship in 2007-’08 and made a one-off ap­pear­ance in an As­ton Martin in the FIA GT1 World Cham­pi­onship in San Luis in 2010.

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