Race Archive 2013
Huff shows character in WTCC season opener at Monza
World Touring Car Champion Rob Huff showed true character at the WTCC season opener in Monza this weekend (23/24 March), as he fought his way through the field from the back of the grid in both races to gain two valuable point scoring finishes for series newcomers ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport.
Huff, a five-time race winner in 2012, failed to post a competitive time in Saturday’s qualifying session, after contact with Fredy Barth, caused a broken front right suspension on his SEAT Leon.
The weather played into Huff’s hands for race day however, and as the heavens opened over the Italian circuit for Round 1, the Brit showed pace, surging up to 17th position by the end of the second lap.
As the rain continued to fall, Huff drew the plaudits with his competitiveness in the wet; breaking into the top ten by lap seven of the race.
Determined to gain a strong debut finish for his new team, Huff fought his way up to seventh before making a move stick on James Nash with just two laps to go to, sealing a top six finish.
With the #1 SEAT Leon still suffering from suspension problems after the first race, Huff was forced to start from the pitlane for the second and final race of the weekend.
This didn’t disillusion the Brit however, and by the completion of lap four, Huff found himself placed in 14th position, just 1.294 seconds behind Jean-p Dayraut.
With a second top ten finish on the cards and five laps remaining, Huff worked tirelessly, disposing of Franz Engstler, Darryl O’Young and Tom Coronel on his way to tenth position in treacherous conditions.
“I think that we made the most of what was a very trying weekend,” explained Huff. “Qualifying wasn’t ideal, and then we struggled with vibrations on the brakes, followed by a suspension issue on the fourth lap of the first race.”
“I still think that we got some good results with a wounded car however, the team did a fantastic job all weekend and Marc did brilliant job to finish fourth in race two. I think that we have learnt a lot as a team and I can’t wait to get back out in the car in Marrakech and impress with the team some more.”
The FIA World Touring Car Championship will resume action in Marrakech on 6/7 April.
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