Huff targets podiums in maiden Russian WTCC rampage

04/06/13 Race Preview

Huff targets podiums in maiden Russian WTCC rampage

Reigning FIA World Touring Car Champion Rob Huff reckons the Moscow Raceway will be a happy hunting ground for his ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport team.

The FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) visits Russian soil for the first time this weekend (8-9 June), with the newly-inaugurated Moscow Raceway the venue for Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2013 season.

Located in the Volokolamsky District, 80km North-West of Moscow, the ultra-modern circuit is Russia’s first ever purpose-built racetrack.

Penned by leading designer Hermann Tilke, the circuit’s spectacular and technical lay-out carves its way through picturesque forestland.

With no prior experience of the Moscow Raceway, WTCC teams and drivers will face an uphill struggle as they attempt to master the track’s intricacies during Friday’s short free practice sessions.

Huff – a master of adaptation – is confident the circuit configuration will play to the strengths of his ALL-INKL.COM-backed SEAT Leon and hopes to boost his championship position by emulating the sort of success he saw in Hungary, where he achieved a sensational race win and a fourth place.

In addition, all SEAT runners will benefit from a 10kg weight break after an uncompetitive showing at Austria’s Salzburgring relative to the leading Chevrolets and Hondas.

“I can only go on first impressions, but looking at the circuit lay-out I believe we’ll have a competitive package in Russia,” said Huff. “The last round at the Salzburgring was by far the most challenging for my ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport team, but there’s nothing to prevent us from consistently featuring on the podium from here onwards, starting with the Moscow Raceway.

“What’s more, we have a super-reliable car in the SEAT Leon and that’s important for pulling solid results out of the bag and keeping those pesky Chevys and Hondas at bay.”

Newmarket’s Huff will once again give a live television commentary from inside his ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport SEAT Leon WTCC during each of the weekend’s sessions, after his first attempt in Austria was well received by commentators and viewers alike.

Eurosport will broadcast a re-run of qualifying from 7.00 (BST) on Sunday 8 June, with live coverage of Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2013 FIA World Touring Car Championship later that morning from 10.00 and 11.00 respectively.

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