Could Jose Maria Lopez be seat for a full-time WTCC bert with Citroen?

José María López could be in the frame for a possible full-time World Touring Car Championship drive when Citroën Racing makes its series debut next year.

According to reports in the Argentine driver’s country, the 30-year-old has been offered a chance to test with the team at Valencia this month.

The three-time Super TC2000 champion had a sensational series debut during a one-off appearance for the Wiechers-Sport squad during the championship’s last round at his home circuit at Termas de Río Hondo, claiming victory in the second race.

Since then, the Argentine driver has been vocal about his hopes of landing a full-time drive, and an opportunity with Citroën Racing could be just the ticket.

The French carmaker has already secured the services of three-time series champion Yvan Muller and nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb in its line-up ahead of its WTCC debut in 2014.

The works outfit has not dismissed the possibility of entering more than two of its bespoke C-Elysée cars next year, meaning that this test session could be something of an audition for López.

Also rumoured to be in the frame for a possible third seat with Citroën are Muller’s former Chevrolet teammates, Alain Menu and Rob Huff, while former Grand Prix driver Robert Kubica is also apparently being considered for a part-time campaign.

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