WTCC champion Lopez open to Formula E drive with DS, remains keen to race at Le Mans

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Defending World Touring Car Championship champion Jose Maria Lopez is open to driving in Formula E in the future following DS Automobiles’ tie in with Virgin Racing.

In a press conference at the London ePrix in June, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson announced that his team would be joining forces with DS, a subsidiary of Citroen, for the second Formula E season.

Lopez has enjoyed considerable success since joining Citroen in the WTCC for the 2014 season, winning the title in his rookie year. He currently leads the 2015 championship by 55 points.

Following the tie-in between Virgin and DS, Lopez said in an interview with autobild.es that he would be open to racing in Formula E in the future, claiming such a deal was now “much closer”.

“For me, whenever there is competition, four wheels, electric or non-electric motor, it excites me,” Lopez said.

Citroen is set to pull the plug on either its WTCC or World Rally Championship programme at the end of 2016, as confirmed to Autosport earlier this month.

Lopez is keen to remain with Citroen for the 2016 WTCC season, but said that his future is largely dependent on the team, and said that he would like to race at Le Mans in the future.

“My desire is to continue with the team, but it will depend on them,” Lopez said. “Today I do not think about it. I know that I love Le Mans, I would love to do it, and it’s something that I could do whilst prioritizing WTCC.”

After being lined up to race for the never-realized US F1 Team, Lopez has enjoyed considerable success since making the switch to tin tops, and the grids in both endurance and electric racing would only be richer for his presence.