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AUTÓDROMO TERMAS DE RÍO HONDO
Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo has hosted WTCC Race of Argentina for three years running and it’s an event that has been dominated by local hero and double world champion José María López, who won on his championship debut in 2013 and triumphed again as a factory Citroën driver in 2014 (twice) and 2015. Located in Argentina’s Santiago del Estero region, Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo hosted the WTCC season opener last year but switches back to its traditional August slot for 2016 when thousands of fans are expected to watch López in his pursuit of yet more WTCC glory.
1: Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo, located in the city of the same name, was built in 2007 but underwent a complete overhaul in 2012 under the gaze of Italian circuit designer Jarno Zaffelli.
2: This circuit has played host to the national TC2000 touring car series, Formula Renault and MotoGP.
3: An Argentinian round of the WTCC was originally scheduled to take place at Buenos Aires in 2011 but it was cancelled after there problems homologating the track for international use were encountered.
4: Home hero José María López may be the man to beat in the WTCC, but Argentina’s most famous racing driver is still Juan Manuel Fangio – winner of five Formula One world championships in 1951 and 1954-57.
5: The hottest and coldest temperatures in South America have been recorded in Argentina. On 6 June 1907, Sarmiento in Patagonia recorded a temperature of minus 32.8 degrees centigrade. Thirteen years later, Villa de Maria in Córdoba experienced the highest recorded temperature at 49.1 degrees centigrade.
Name: Autódromo Termas De Río Hondo
Location: Avenida Costanera Prolongacíon – Rincón De Atacama, 4220 Termas De Río Hondo, Santiago del Estero, Argentina
Length: 4.806 kilometres
Lap record (qualifying): José María López (Citroën C-Elysée) 1m43.766s (166.73kph), 02/08/14
Lap record (race): José María López (Citroën C-Elysée), 1m45.926s (163.34kph), 03/08/14
WTCC RACE OF ARGENTINA WINNERS
2015: Race 1: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée); Race 2: Sébastien Loeb (Citroën C-Elysée)
2014: R1: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée); R2: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée)
2013: R1: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: José María López (BMW 320)
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