Race of Argentina - 06-08/03/2015
Argentina has the honour of hosting the first race in the 2015 WTCC season at the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo, where thousands of fans will be expected to greet local hero and reigning world champion José María López. This is the WTCC’s third consecutive visit to the 4.8-kilometre circuit in the Santiago del Estero region and it’s a race López has previously dominated, winning once in 2013 on his debut in the series and claiming both victories last year for the factory Citroën squad. Team-mate Yvan Muller has been the only other driver win in the WTCC at this track.
1: The Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo, located in the city of the same name, was built in 2007 but underwent a complete overhaul in 2012 under the gaze of Italian circuit designer Jarno Zaffelli.
2: This circuit has played host to the national TC2000 touring car series, Formula Renault and MotoGP, with last year’s race won by 2014 champion Marc Márquez for Honda.
3: An Argentinian round of the WTCC was originally scheduled to take place at Buenos Aires in 2011. It was cancelled after there were problems homologating the track for international use.
4: Home hero José María López may be making his mark in the WTCC, but Argentina’s most famous racing driver must still be Juan Manuel Fangio – winner of five Formula One world championships in 1951 and 1954-57.
5: The hottest and coldest temperatures in South America have been recorded in Argentina. On 6 June, 1907, Sarmiento in Patagonia recorded a temperature of minus 32.8 degrees centigrade. Thirteen years later, Villa de Maria in Cordova experienced the highest recorded temperature at 49.1 degrees centigrade.Official Website
Lap distance: 4.805 km
Race distance: 2 x 13 laps
Qualifying: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC), 1m43.766s, 02/08/2014
Race: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC), 1m45.926s (163.337kph), 03/08/2014
Pole: José María López (Citroën) – 1m43.766s
Race 1: 1. J. Lopez (Citroën) – 2. N. Michelisz (Honda) – 3. Y. Muller (Citroën)
Race 2: 1. J. Lopez (Citroën) – 2. R. Huff (Lada) – 3. Y. Muller (Citroën)