Jose Maria Lopez will pilot Fredy Barth's BMW 320TC at next weekend's inaugural WTCC race at Hungary

Three-time Super TC 2000 champion José María López will race for the Weichers-Sport BMW squad at next weekend’s inaugural FIA World Touring Car Championship round at Termas de Río Hondo. The Argentine will race on home soil in place of Fredy Barth, who has a racing conflict on the same weekend.

López’s participation in next weekend’s two races was confirmed when the Argentine event was confirmed as a late stand-in on the 2013 calendar after the originally-scheduled round at Curitiba, Brazil, fell through. However, it was unknown until now as to which team he would be driving for.

The 30-year-old will become the second driver from his country to compete in the WTCC, following on from Leonel Pernía, who had a one-off outing with NIKA Racing at Monza in 2010

López – who was signed to drive for the stillborn USF1 team in 2010 – currently lies fifth in this year’s Super TC 2000 Championship, driving for the Equipo Petronas FIAT team.

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