Huff looking strong after encouraging WTCC qualifying in Hungary
Reigning Champion, Rob Huff, will start 8th and 3rd respectively for the Hungarian rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) tomorrow (5th May).
Amidst the horns and sirens of the sizeable partisan crowd, Huff once again pushed his SEAT Leon WTCC to the limit to propel himself to fourth place with a time of 1m54.193s in the Qualifying 1 session.
Having safely graduated to the second part of qualifying – which determines the top 12 starting positions for both of the weekend’s races – and the only SEAT to make the cut, Huff pumped in a lap of 1m54.380s to go sixth fastest in front of the 80,000-strong Hungarian crowd .
Late laps from Honda’s Gabriele Tarquini and BMW contender Tom Coronel pushed the Newmarket racer back to eighth, which is where he will his start tomorrow’s first race.
Of course, that means he lines up third, behind Mehdi Bennani (BMW) and Alex MacDowell (Chevrolet) for Sunday's second encounter.
A warm-looking Huffy seemed pleased with his afternoon, saying; “I think we have a good chance tomorrow, particularly in race two”
“I made a small mistake when I got a load of oversteer in Turn 4 and that cost me around four tenths of a second and probably a couple of grid slots. But what I lost for race one, I’ve gained for race two, so I’m pretty happy overall.”
The next two instalments in the the 2013 WTCC saga take place at Budapest’s Hungaroring tomorrow (Sunday 5th May) at 11.15 and 13.15 respectively and will be beamed live across the globe on Eurosport.
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