Jose Maria Lopez brought the curtain down on his remarkable title-winning World Touring Car Championship season by notching up a record-breaking tenth win of the season around the streets of Macau.

The Argentinian, who sealed the WTCC title last month in Japan, came into the weekend with an opportunity to break the series record for wins in a single season and did exactly what was asked of him by claiming pole position and turning it into a lights-to-flag victory.

The fitting conclusion to a stunning maiden campaign by the former GP2 driver, Lopez contributed to 10 of Citroen's 17 wins from 24 races and would end up 126 points clear of four-time title-winning team-mate Yvan Muller.

Indeed, Lopez expected Muller to be the benchmark in Macau but, as he has done on several occasions in 2014, would the faster driver.

"What more could I ask for? Winning in Macau is a special feeling," he said. "It was the ideal way to round off what I consider to be the best season of my career. I was expecting Yvan to be untouchable on this circuit. But together, we all put the work in to produce this result.

"The car was perfect in the races and I was able to find a good pace. I attacked right to the end to avoid any mistakes. It's now time to celebrate all this, first with the team and then at home in Argentina. In 2015, we'll be starting again from scratch. I won't be the outsider anymore, but rest assured, I'll be defending my title!"

Lopez has already confirmed he will remain part of an unchanged driver line-up at Citroen in 2015 alongside Muller and Sebastien Loeb.



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