Huff Hungary for WTCC podiums at Hungaroring
Rob Huff will be seeking to claim the new LADA SPORT ROSNEFT Vesta TC1’s first podium finish at Hungary’s picturesque Hungaroring this weekend (1-3 May) when the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) begins its European leg.
Located close to the Hungarian capital, Budapest, the 2.72mile Hungaroring is famed for hosting the first Formula 1 Grand Prix behind the Iron Curtain in 1986.
Overtaking can be a tricky affair on the 14-turn circuit, but spectators flock to the circuit in their droves to witness the plentiful touring car action and in support of home hero, Norbert Michelisz,
Newmarket driver Huff was 11th in Morocco’s opening race, but was promoted to tenth after fellow Brit, Tom Chilton, was handed a 30-second penalty following an incident with Tom Coronel.
Huff famously took a surprise win at the Hungarian circuit two years ago behind the wheel of a ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport-run SEAT León, and, following its first points scoring finish last time out at Marrakesh, the OCC LASIK-backed driver is filled with optimism that this weekend can yield yet more points and potentially a debut podium for the striking yellow and orange ROSNEFT-liveried Vesta TC1.
“I have fond memories of the Hungaroring, not only because I took a surprise win there in a SEAT two years ago, but because Budapest is undoubtedly one of the most amazing circuits we visit,” said Huff. “Of course, the fact it’s a Formula 1 venue makes it special, but the reason I love it so much is primarily down to the 100,000-plus fans who turn out to rock the place in support of Norbert Michelisz. Jose Maria Lopez and Mehdi Bennani get a lot of support in Argentina and Morocco respectively, but it’s not on the same scale as what ‘Norby’ gets, although it’s not like they’re hostile towards the rest of us because they love racing.
“It’s a real pleasure to be part of it and the only time I’ve ever gone to watch a podium ceremony was when Norby achieved his maiden top three finish there a few years ago. I’d like to taste a bit of that again and, much like in 2013, I feel we have what it takes to pull a result out of the bag if we’re able to get the LADA Vesta TC1 running properly. The car is fast, there’s no doubt about that, but a few problems that are relatively straightforward to resolve have arisen and we just need time between races to sort them out. I have every faith in my LADA SPORT ROSNEFT team and we’ll work through the issues one at a time. The car is quick enough to pull off a podium or even a race win and we’ve seen a huge improvement over last year.”
Qualifying for the FIA World Touring Car Championship’s (WTCC) Race of Hungary is scheduled to get underway at 14.30 on Saturday (2 May), prior to the weekend’s two races at 13.30 and 14.40 on Sunday (3 May).