Another Podium For Huff On Title Hunt
Newmarket’s Rob Huff secured his ninth podium finish of the 2012 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) season when he took third place at Portimão, Portugal, on 4 June 2012.
In qualifying, Huff got his weekend off to a solid start. The Chevrolet works driver set a fastest lap time of 1:54.932, enough to seal fourth position on the 22-strong grid in the weekend’s first race.
On the opening lap of race one, 32-year-old Huff passed Hungary’s Norbert Michelisz, and began to apply pressure to second-placed Gabriele Tarquini. Despite his best efforts, the Briton couldn’t pass the Italian ex-F1 racer and finished third, just over half a second behind Tarquini.
Huff picked up a fourth-place finish in the second race. Starting from seventh position, Huff climbed three places over the course of the 11-lap encounter, surviving contact with Tarquini to claim 12 championship points, crucially finishing above his title rival and Chevrolet team-mate Yvan Muller in the process.
With ten races of the season remaining, Huff lies just 18 points behind Muller in the Drivers’ Championship standings. With 25 points on offer for a win, Huff has plenty of chances left to overhaul the leader, beginning with Curitiba, Brazil, on 22 July 2012.
"While it’s disappointing not to move into the summer break with another victory, it’s consistency that wins championships," said Huff. "I’ve picked up another 29 valuable points this weekend, and I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of my Chevrolet Cruze in six weeks’ time."