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Huff hopes to ignite WTCC title defence in Slovakia

25/04/13 Race Preview

Huff hopes to ignite WTCC title defence in Slovakia

Reigning World Champion, Rob Huff, heads to Slovakia for the next instalment in the 2013 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) saga at the ultra-modern Slovakia Ring (27-28 April).

The Newmarket-based driver was a five-time race winner last season on his way to clinching the 2012 World Drivers’ crown, but has had a character-building start to his title defence with his new ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport team.

The 2012 FIA GT1 World Championship-winning squad is in its maiden season in the WTCC and is still acclimatising to life at the pinnacle of international touring car racing with its turbocharged SEAT Leons.

Huff currently lies ninth overall in the championship with the Rene Munnich-led outfit third in the Yokohama Teams’ standings, having achieved best results of sixth on Monza’s hallowed tarmac and fifth on the narrow streets of Marrakech three weeks ago.

Situated 40km east of the Slovak Republic’s capital, Bratislava, the Slovakia Ring is an ultra-modern, purpose-built race track that incorporates an intoxicating blend of high and slow speed sections, designed to promote the kind of bumper-to-bumper action that the WTCC is famed for.

This will be the championship’s second visit to the Slovakia Ring since the circuit’s inauguration in 2009. However, not only does Huff have previous form around the Eastern European circuit – he took a race win there in 2012 – but he had his first outing in his ALL-INKL.COM-backed SEAT during a shared pre-season test with team-mate Marc Basseng at the track earlier this year.

As a result, the 33-year old is confident he can emulate last season’s success this time around, particularly as his team has been working flat-out to hone its SEAT Leons since Marrakech.

“I'm relishing the opportunity of returning to the Slovakia Ring because I think it could be very good for my ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport team and I," said Huff.

"We’ve learnt a lot as a team during the first two rounds of the 2013 WTCC season. We feel we’re more focused with the car and have a much better understanding of it, so I’m confident we’re in a strong position to challenge at the sharp end."

He added: “Not only did SEAT cars take a one-two away from last year’s opening race in Slovakia, but I also took the win in the second. So, based on last year’s form, you have to say a Rene Munnich-prepared SEAT Leon with me at the wheel should be a potent combination.”

Coverage of this weekend’s WTCC action from the Slovakia Ring will be beamed live across the globe on Eurosport. Qualifying will be broadcast live from 7.30 on Sunday 28 April, with Rounds 5 and 6 later that same day from 13.15 and 14.15 respectively.

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