Huff heads to the Land of the Rising Sun in search of silverware
Rob Huff and his LADA SPORT ROSNEFT team head to Japan for the first of four FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) races in the Far East and the British ace is naturally hoping to challenge at the sharp end during the concluding part of the 2015 season.
The former World Champion recently announced his return to Macau and, while he is determined to seal victory number eight on the spectacular Guia street circuit, the ‘King of Macau’ is for now focused on his WTCC commitments with the burgeoning LADA SPORT team.
Huff will be joined in the WTCC’s Race of Japan by this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans LMP2 class winner, Nicolas Lapierre, after the pairing undertook encouraging in-season tests at Circuit Paul Ricard and Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours with the new-for-2015 LADA Vesta TC1.
Having developed LADA’s ROSNEFT-liveried racer further since recording two top ten finishes last time out on Portugal’s tight and twisty Vila Real street circuit, the OCC LASIK-backed Huff is hoping for better when the WTCC resumes on previously unchartered territory at Twin Ring Motegi and add to his six podiums and one victory in the Land of the Rising Sun.
“This will be the third different Japanese track I have raced at in the WTCC since Okayama and Suzuka and am really looking forward to the challenge at Motegi,” said Huff. “Japan is a great country and am a big fan of the culture and have always had an affinity with the Japanese fans after having stood on the podium six times in previous years, including my victory at Okayama in 2010, so I am hoping to expand that list this weekend with LADA.
“The team has been working hard to further develop the Vesta TC1 since the last meeting in Portugal and we head into the final quarter of the season with confidence high in the camp.”
Qualifying for the FIA World Touring Car Championship’s Race of Japan is scheduled to get underway at 15.30 on Saturday (12 September), while the weekend’s two races will follow on Sunday (13 September) at 14.15 and 15.30 respectively and will be broadcast live on Eurosport.