Huff looking to regain ground in WTCC standings at Shanghai
Rob Huff is looking to scale the winners’ rostrum in Rounds 21 and 22 of the 2013 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at the Shanghai International Circuit to regain some ground in the championship standings.
A series of mid-field results have left the 2012 FIA World Touring Car Champion trailing down in seventh place on the leaderboard with four races remaining in Shanghai and Macau.
Huff – an official ambassador for OCC LASIK and Newmarket Racecourses – raced cannily last time out in Japan, but was prevented from maximising his potential while baulked in a high-speed freight train on the winding Suzuka circuit.
Five weeks on from the Japanese leg of the 2013 WTCC season, the action resumes at China’s ultra-modern Shanghai International Circuit this weekend (2-3 November).
Located in the Jiading district in the North Western outskirts of Shanghai – China’s largest city – the track was inaugurated in 2004 and has hosted the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix ever since.
This will be the WTCC’s third consecutive visit to Chinese soil and Shanghai, after the championship first raced on the short Tianma Circuit in 2011.
As in previous years, the WTCC will share the event with the emerging Chinese Touring Car Championship (CTCC), both series running on the shortened 4.60km configuration.
Huff, aged 32 from Newmarket, achieved a race win and a second place at Shanghai en route to the 2012 championship title and will hope to replicate those results, this time with his ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport SEAT Leon, and propel himself back up the points table.
“Our results have been pretty average of late and we haven’t had the best of luck, struck down by a string of mechanical failures and some contact,” said Huff. “I do feel that our recent finishes are far from representative of our true pace and potential and I think this weekend’s meeting in Shanghai represents the perfect opportunity to flip our fortunes back around.
"I had a really solid outing there last year, albeit in very different equipment, but I truly feel we can compete at the front for a spot on the podium. I have absolutely nothing to lose by going all out and my main aim will be to simply lift myself back up the championship leaderboard before the season finale in Macau.”
Qualifying for Round 21 of the 2013 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) will be broadcast live on Eurosport from 6.30 GMT on Saturday (2 November).
Round 21 itself will be aired at 7.30 GMT on Sunday (3 November), with Round 22 immediately after at 8.15.
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