Argentina WTCC: Lopez on pole for home WTCC round

Jose Maria Lopez leads another Citroen 1-2-3 in qualifying at the Termas de Rio Hondo as he claims pole position on home soil.
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Jose Maria Lopez gave the home fans what they came to see by claiming pole position for the eighth round of the 2014 World Touring Car Championship at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina.

Leading a Citroen 1-2-3, current championship leader Lopez – who scored his first WTCC win at the venue in a one-off outing for Wiechers-Sport BMW -, topped both Q2 and Q3 to emerge a comfortable four tenths up on his team-mates.

Main title rival Yvan Muller will join Lopez on the front row in the sister Citroen, while Sebastien Loeb ensured the French firm staved off the growing threat from the increasingly competitive Hondas to qualify in third place.

Despite missing all of Friday's running due to an airport mishap, Norbert Michelisz was fastest of all in Q1 and would eventually land as the fastest Honda driver in fourth in his privately entered Zengo Civic, while the factory version of Tiago Monteiro headed up row three in fifth place.

Tom Chilton headed up the Chevrolet challenge in sixth place, ahead of Gabriele Tarquini and Mehdi Bennani in their respective Hondas, while LADA's challenge was again headed up by Rob Huff in tenth position.

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Jose Maria Lopez - Citroen Racing [pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Nick Catsburg (NED), Lada Sport, WTCC, [Credit: Lada Sport]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing
Jose Maria Lopez - Citroen Racing
Tiago Monteiro (POR), Castrol Honda WTCC, WTCC [Credit: Honda]
Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroen Racing, WTCC, [Credit: WTCC]
Japp van Lagen (NED), Lada Sport, WTCC [Credit: LADA Sport]
Jose Maria Lopez (ARG), Citroen Racing [Credit: WTCC]
Norbert Michelisz (HUN), Zengo Motorsport, WTCC [Credit: Honda WTCC]
Norbert Michelisz - Zengo Honda
Norbert Michelisz - Zengo Honda
Jose Maria Lopez - Citroen Racing
Jose Maria Lopez - Citroen Racing
James Thompson - Rosneft LADA Vesta
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing
Jose Maria Lopez - Citroen Racing
Rickard Rydell (SWE), Nika International, WTCC [Credit: FIA WTCC]
Hugo Valente - Campos Chevrolet Cruze [credit: FIA WTCC]

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