Huff Closes The Gap In Brazil
A victory and a podium helped Newmarket racer Rob Huff reduce the gap in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) title race when the competitive series visited Curitiba, Brazil, on 22 July 2012.
Going into the event second in the standings, Chevrolet works driver Huff began his weekend with a solid performance in qualifying, claiming third on the grid thanks to a lap time of 1:22.592.
Huff started the opening race well, warding off a challenge from veteran Gabriele Tarquini to keep hold of third. A tightly-contested 15-lap encounter followed: Huff maintained third place to the chequered flag, but finished less than a second behind eventual winner and standings leader Yvan Muller.
In race two Huff turned on the style. Starting in eighth position on the reverse grid, the 32-year-old used his overtaking prowess to climb to second place by the end of lap seven. All that stood between Huff and victory was Tarquini, and five laps from the finish the Briton passed the SEAT racer to top the podium.
As a result, Huff now sits just 17 points off WTCC leader Muller with four race weekends remaining, starting with the series’ maiden visit to Sonoma, USA, on 23 September 2012.
“I was determined to pass Tarquini at the end of the second race, but as ever he made it tough to get past him,” said a delighted Huff. “Thankfully I did, and now we head to Sonoma, a new circuit to the WTCC. Anything can happen yet.”