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José María “Pechito” López, Toyota Talks?

WTCC superstar links himself with possible third Toyota at Le Mans

Mat Fernandez brings us news that, not for the first time, ex GP2 race winner and three time World Touring Car Champion José María “Pechito” López has been linked with a possible move to sportscar racing.

Lopez is already confirmed as a full season driver for DS Virgin racing in the 2016/17 Formula E Championship but a media report in his native Argentina again links him with a potential LMP outing at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

A story in Argentinian broadsheet ‘La Nacion’ entitled “Pechito Lopez, ready for the new challenge in Formula E and for fulfilling his dream of the 24 hours of Le Mans” contains some interesting exchanges between the interviewer and Lopez:

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The announcement of a third car by Toyota for the 24 Hours of Le Mans allows you to dream? (let’s leave aside the fact that Toyota haven’t announced a third car – yet!- DSC)

“Running 24 Hours of Le Mans is my dream. A team like Toyota putting a third car opens more doors. I would compete with drivers who are used to driving in Endurance racing. That would also bring me closer to meeting that goal I set three years ago when I came running to Europe.”

Up until now, Lopez was known (and had confessed) to be looking for a drive in LMP2, especially for Le Mans 2016 edition (Citroen allowed him contractually to do so). 

He was also rumoured to have tested a Toyota LMP1… something he never denied nor confirmed (due also to his contractual ties with Citroen). We believe this is the first time he has publicly expressed clear interest in a Toyota drive.