Photo coming from Suzuka, Japan.
The World Touring Car Championship has still two more races left, but this weekend in Japan, Jose Maria "Pechito" Lopez needed only the first race to conquer the first world class title for Argentina since 1957, when Juan Manuel Fangio won his fifth Formula One title.
After getting the pole by less than a tenth of a second, Pechito stayed strong on the lead during the whole Race 1 in Japan, and with the "help" of a puncture that affected title contender Yvan Muller on Lap 7, opening the to victory for the Rio Terceiro-born guy.
Pechito had a meteoric rise until the title: from a 2013 ride and a win in a BMW of the Wiechers squad, he became one of the Citroën drivers for the 2014 WTCC season, alongside of only four-time WTCC champion Yvan Muller and nine-time rally champion Sebastien Loeb.
True to say that Citröen didn't totally joked about the sentence in the background: "A year to
GRACIAS PECHITO! GRACIAS ARGENTINA!