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Muller and Loeb declare WTCC title fight alive despite Lopez lead

Both Yvan Muller and Sebastien Loeb have refused to rule themselves out of the World Touring Car Championship fight in 2015, despite Citroen team-mate Jose Maria Lopez's dominant form

Speaking ahead of the two Nurburgring Nordschleife races, where he and Lopez shared a win apiece, Muller backtracked on a previous claim that he had given up on the world championship after a poor weekend at the Hungaroring.

"You know why I said that? Because when 10 guys ask me the same question, the 10th time I just changed my mind because I've had enough repeating the same thing," he said.

"So it was just a bullshit. I didn't think so many people would take it. Nobody took the nine-times answer."

Video highlights from the Nordschleife on the AUTOSPORT WTCC page

Though Lopez now has a 50-point lead after claiming a win and a second-place finish in Germany, Muller has closed to one point behind Loeb, who is currently second in the standings.

Loeb finished second to Lopez in the first Nurburgring WTCC race, then was a disappointed fifth in the second as Muller claimed a narrow victory.

But the nine-time World Rally champion believes he still he has a chance of catching Lopez in the points with a strong run in the coming races.

"I still hope we can do something," said Loeb. "We have the chance in the next few races to change the tendency that he wins all the time.

"It's getting close [with Muller] now. The first [Nurburgring] race was very good but in the second, in the first corner, I had the choice to either go on the grass or brake and go behind other cars, so I lost a couple of places.

"I'm disappointed with that because I had the speed to do better in the second race."

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Jose Maria Lopez 177
2 Sebastien Loeb 127
3 Yvan Muller 126
4 Tiago Monteiro 73
5 Ma Qinghua 64

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