Race Archive 2013
Huff delivers Champion's drive to win in Hungary
Rob Huff drove like a true champion to win the second FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) race at Budapest’s stunning Hungaroring (Sunday 5th May), after delivering a solid fourth place earlier in the day.
Driving with all the guile and experience befitting of a reigning World Champion, Huff translated his third place grid slot into second on the track with an outstanding start, breezing past pole-sitter Alex MacDowell’s Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Cruze before going in pursuit of Moroccan BMW-racer Mehdi Bennani.
The field was neutralised by the safety car before the conclusion of lap one, following a heavy shunt involving works Honda driver Gabriele Tarquini and Franz Engstler in the BMW.
At the restart three laps later, Huff set about pressuring Bennani for the lead and pulled an audacious move through Turns 1 and 2 to pass on the outside and grab the lead, which he would retain until the chequered flag.
The ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport driver didn’t put a wheel out of line during both races, despite unrelenting pressure from his competitors in stronger machinery; the Englishman showed unwavering focus and resolve in his bid to ignite his title defence by seeing off numerous attacks from the chasing pack.
The result cemented a number of firsts for Huff – it was his maiden WTCC victory in a SEAT car and his first as the reigning World Champion but, more importantly, it was the first win for his debutant ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport team in its maiden season at the pinnacle of international touring car racing.
A triumphant Huff enjoyed his return to the podium as the large crowd stayed on to show their appreciation.
Returning to the team garage with trophy and champagne, there was an overwhelming sense the relief, coupled with joy for Huff . “Not bad for an old boy,” he beamed.
The points haul for a race win and a fourth place elevate Huff to third in the Drivers’ championship, behind former team-mate Yvan Muller and Honda’s Tarquini.
The WTCC resumes at Austria’s Salzburgring on 16_17 May, when Huff will look to continue narrowing the gap to his championship foes.
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