Click to view our fantastic subscription offers

Instant access to the F1 paddock

You have 10 views remaining

You have read 5 stories this month. After 15, you will need to register or subscribe.

Register with us for free to view 25 stories a month.

Or subscribe to AUTOSPORT+ for unlimited news stories and access to our exclusive subscriber-only content.

Our commitment to quality journalism

We've introduced metered access to AUTOSPORT which will ensure that the majority of our visitors can continue to view the site for free. But we think that is worth a small investment from those who use it most, so that we can continue to send the leading experts in their field to motor racing paddocks all over the world to break the latest news and produce the most compelling interviews and race reports.

Every visitor gets 15 free page views per month. Once you reach the limit you can register to get 25 views or choose one of our value-for-money subscription packages to continue viewing and to get additional access to a range of features including:

  • Unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Get AUTOSPORT magazine in a digital format on your computer or iPad every week
  • Full access to FORIX - the world's best motorsport statistics website

We greatly appreciate your continued support to keep AUTOSPORT at the forefront of motorsport coverage, and we look forward to welcoming you as a new subscriber.

Glenn Freeman Editor
Find out more about our subscriptions

Spa WTCC: Jose Maria Lopez takes fifth win of 2014

Jose Maria Lopez wins Spa WTCC 2014

World Touring Car Championship leader Jose Maria Lopez took his fifth victory of the season after securing a hard fought win at Spa-Francorchamps.

The Argentinean's Citroen C-Elysee survived undamaged from contact with Hugo Valente at Malmedy on the opening lap.

The clash was sufficiently forceful to send the Campos Chevrolet Cruze sideways across the road, but thereafter Lopez scythed through the order untroubled from his ninth position on the reversed grid.

Lapping 1.8 seconds faster than long-time leader Tom Coronel, Lopez grabbed first position by powering past the ROAL Motorsport racer on the run down to Eau Rouge two laps from home.

Race one winner Yvan Muller completed a comfortable Citroen one-two. The Alsace racer spent two laps held behind the Honda Civics of Norbert Michelisz and Gabriele Tarquini early in the race, compromising his efforts to challenge title rival Lopez.

The reigning WTCC champion produced some fine overtaking moves, including a pass on Tiago Monteiro around the outside of Les Combes for third late in the race, but would be forced to concede a three-second winning margin.

An ecstatic Coronel narrowly held off the advances of factory Honda racer Monteiro and World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Loeb to claim his second podium of the season, as just 0.6s covered third to fifth at the chequered flag.

Dutch veteran Coronel had enjoyed a flier off the line to jump polesitter, and fellow customer RML Cruze competitor, Gianni Morbidelli for the lead into La Source.

Hungaroring winner Morbidelli completed the opening lap in third after losing out to Monteiro at the Bus Stop, and would end the afternoon rounding out the top six.

Results - 9 laps:

Pos  Driver                Team/Car             Time/Gap
 1.  Jose Maria Lopez      Citroen            22m16.645s
 2.  Yvan Muller           Citroen               +3.097s
 3.  Tom Coronel           ROAL Chevrolet        +8.409s
 4.  Tiago Monteiro        Honda                 +8.912s
 5.  Sebastien Loeb        Citroen               +9.060s
 6.  Gianni Morbidelli     Munnich Chevrolet    +16.851s
 7.  Norbert Michelisz     Zengo Honda          +17.929s
 8.  Gabriele Tarquini     Honda                +19.026s
 9.  Hugo Valente          Campos Chevrolet     +20.500s
10.  Tom Chilton           ROAL Chevrolet       +21.187s
11.  Mehdi Bennani         Proteam Honda        +22.296s
12.  Mikhail Kozlovskiy    Lada                 +34.995s
13.  Rob Huff              Lada                 +38.692s
14.  Rene Munnich          Munnich Chevrolet    +39.557s
15.  James Thompson        Lada                 +50.893s
16.  Franz Engstler        Engstler BMW       +1m17.281s*
17.  Pasquale Di Sabatino  Engstler BMW       +1m23.029s*
18.  Norbert Nagy          Campos SEAT        +1m33.065s*
19.  John Filippi          Campos SEAT            -1 lap*

* TC2


     Dusan Borkovic        Campos Chevrolet       5 laps
     Ma Qing Hua           Citroen                4 laps
  More news  
Read the AUTOSPORT Digital Edition
Visit the shop
See highlights from 60 years of AUTOSPORT
Breaking news feed
Live commentary feed
Muller wins first race at Spa
Borkovic and Monteiro take grid drops
Muller on top in Citroen pole battle
Lopez continues Spa domination
Lopez fastest on WTCC's Spa return