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Huff focused on top step of podium at Porto

28/06/13 Race Preview

Huff focused on top step of podium at Porto

Reigning Champion, Rob Huff, is focused on scaling the top step of the winners’ rostrum when the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) takes to the streets of Porto, Portugal this weekend (29-30 June).

The WTCC drivers will reach colossal speeds on the sinuous, 4.8km-long Circuit da Boavista street track, which winds its way through the Boavista district of Porto.

Portugal’s second largest city sits on the mouth of the river Douru with sandy beaches and an abundance of historical architecture providing a stunning backdrop for the next instalment in the 2013 WTCC saga.

Newmarket’s Huff is a former race winner on the street circuit, taking a victory on the WTCC’s most recent visit to the city in 2011.

With a proven track record on a circuit that should play to the strengths of his turbocharged SEAT Leon, the ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport racer is brimming with optimism and has narrow objectives for the forthcoming weekend.

“The Circuit da Boavista ranks highly on my list of all-time favourite tracks,” said Huff. “It’s a special place because you run at such high speeds and the Armco barriers are never far away – it certainly focuses the mind!

“I won there on the WTCC’s last visit to the circuit in 2011 and, because SEATs have always gone well around there, I can’t target anything other than race wins this weekend. Success will come down to qualifying, with very few passing opportunities in the races. The main challenge will be finding clean air to have a good run at pole position, but a lot can be dictated by yellow flags and crashes. You’re in the lap of the gods to an extent.”

He added: “I have invited guests from Newmarket Racecourses along to Porto. It would be perfect to celebrate this new and exciting partnership with Newmarket by bringing home some more silverware.”

Eurosport will broadcast a re-run of qualifying from 8.30 (BST) on Sunday 30 June, while live coverage of Rounds 13 and 14 of the 2013 FIA World Touring Car Championship will be shown later that same day at 11.00 and 16.45 respectively.

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