Newly crowned World Touring Car Champion Jose Maria Lopez has become the latest driver to sign up for the end-of-season Race of Champions, this year being held in Barbados.

The Citroen Racing driver, who became the first Argentinian since Juan Manuel Fangio to win an FIA title over the weekend, is the latest person to sign up in a field that already comprises of well-known figures from F1, NASCAR, Le Mans, V8 Supercars and World RallyX.

"This has been an amazing year for me and this invitation to the Race Of Champions is the perfect way to cap it off. At the start of the year I wasn't thinking too hard about the WTCC title but I started taking it really seriously after I won my home races in Argentina. That raised the pressure too so it's great to have made it over the line. I've won titles before but it feels especially good to be a 'world champion'.

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"Now I can look forward to racing my fellow champions in Barbados. I'm in no doubt that the competition will be hard but I've spent this year battling the likes of S?bastien Loeb and Yvan Muller so I'll do my best and who knows what is possible."

Lopez becomes the eighth person to commit to the Race of Champions, which will be held at Bushy Park in the Caribbean island of Barbados, along with Kurt Busch, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Jamie Whincup, Susie Wolff, Romain Grosjean, Petter Solberg and Tom Kristensen,