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Best result of the year for Rob Huff at the Slovakiaring

12/05/19 Race Results

Best result of the year for Rob Huff at the Slovakiaring

Slovakia RingSlovakia Ring - 10/05/19 Race 1: 13th Race 2: 5th Race 3: 13th

Pole position and strong points haul in Slovakia for Huff

Rob Huff and Sébastien Loeb Racing enjoyed their strongest result of the year to-date at the Slovakiaring, a circuit where the team had low expectations after a tough event at the circuit last year - coupled with the maximum possible weight onboard their Volkswagen Golf GTI TCRs.

A change of technical configuration for the cars meant the team was forced to carry the maximum penalty weight of 60kg again, while many of the team's rivals were able to drop weight, which set the team up for a tough challenge at the track.

With Huff 24th in the first qualifying session, it looked like it was going to be a repeat of 2018 for the 2012 champion, but a rain shower ahead of the second qualifying session levelled the playing field, with Huff squeezing through to Q2 with the tenth fastest time.

Repeating tenth in Q2 produced the best possible result for the Englishman, who secured pole position for the reversed grid second race on Sunday as a result.

In Race 1, light rain ahead of the race also made the conditions challenging, which were ideal for Huff, who managed to make up 11 spots to finish 13th, well inside the points-paying positions in an aggressively-charged race.

In Race 2, Huff started from pole position in his Volkswagen, with the Honda of championship leader Néstor Girolami alongside.

Girolami dived down the inside at Turn 1, but Huff outsmarted Girolami at the exit, switching back and taking point on the way to Turn 2.

Unfortunately, in the dry, the Honda had more speed, and Huff eventually dropped behind the both the Argentinian and his team-mate, and eventually crossed the line in fifth, defending hard against the Hyundai of Norbert Michelisz to keep the position at the finish.

Fifth was still the best result for the Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport team so far this year.

Huff started Race 3 from tenth, and was holding station, keeping behind the Hyundai of last year's champion Gabriele Tarquini lap after lap, but an error by PWR Racing Cupra driver Daniel Haglöf saw the Swede ram into the rear of Huff's Volkswagen after Haglöf had locked his brakes. Huff was able to control the car and avoid the gravel trap, and carried on to finish 13th, picking up a third consecutive points finish of the day.

Rob Huff said:

"It's been a great weekend at what we thought would be our bogey circuit. First, hats off the guys, we had a tough first qualifying and turned it around to get top ten pace for the second session, and that gave us more than what we could have hoped for with the reversed grid pole.

"In Race 1, the plan was to stay out of trouble, and that we managed to do that and still get into the points was amazing. The conditions were slightly slippery, which is perfect for me, and I was able to get some good points for the team and have a perfect car ready for Race 2.

"I had a good start, and was able to grab the lead back from (Néstor) Girolami's Honda, but we ultimately didn't have the pace against them and the Hyundais and Alfas this weekend with the ballast we're carrying, against the ballast some of those guys aren't carrying.

"I'm very pleased with fifth, it's our best result yet, again not the results we're targeting, but things are turning around, and when we get to Volkswagen's home race at the Nurburgring we should be able to take some of the lead out of the car and finally be on the same level as the rest.

"Race 3, I was holding my own until we got hit by (Daniel) Haglöf, who had a tyre failure at Turn 3, and that cost us a few positions, but at least we still made the finish and showed there's potential - and we're going the right way.

"Zandvoort is next up in just a week, and that track was good to us last year, so I can't wait until next week and see what we can do."


Qualifying 1 result

1 - Nicky Catsburg - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 2:09.498
2 - Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 0.028
3 - Ma Qing Hua - Team Mulsanne - Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce - 0.409
4 - Daniel Haglöf - PWR Racing - Cupra TCR - 0.61
5 - Tom Coronel - Comtoyou Racing - Cupra TCR - 0.656
24 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 1.847

Race 1 result

1 - Frédéric Vervisch - Comtoyou Racing - Audi RS 3 LMS - 11 laps
2 - Ma Qing Hua - Team Mulsanne - Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce - 2.834
3 - Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 3.243
4 - Jean-Karl Vernay - WRT - Audi RS 3 LMS - 7.503
5 - Augusto Farfus - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 13.949
13 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 24.017

Qualifying 2 result


1 - Nicky Catsburg - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 2:10.441
2 - Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 0.107
3 - Ma Qing Hua - Team Mulsanne - Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce - 0.475
4 - Daniel Haglöf - PWR Racing - Cupra TCR - 0.696
5 - Esteban Guerrieri - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 0.879
10 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 1.131

Race 2 result


1 - Néstor Girolami - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 9 laps
2 - Esteban Guerrieri - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 0.651
3 - Kevin Ceccon - Team Mulsanne - Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce - 0.332
4 - Nicky Catsburg - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 1.643
5 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 1.582

Race 3 result


1 - Ma Qing Hua - Team Mulsanne - Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce - 11 laps
2 - Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 0.242
3 - Kevin Ceccon - Team Mulsanne - Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce - 0.694
4 - Niels Langeveld - Comtoyou Racing - Audi RS 3 LMS - 11.818
5 - Mikel Azcona - PWR Racing - Cupra TCR - 12.413
13 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 22.259

The next round of the 2019 FIA World Touring Car Cup takes place at the Zandvoort circuit in the Netherlands from May 19th-20th.