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Key step forward for Rob Huff and Volkswagen at Zandvoort

19/05/19 Race Results

Key step forward for Rob Huff and Volkswagen at Zandvoort

ZandvoortZandvoort - 17/05/19 Race 1: DNF Race 2: 11th Race 3: 10th

Volkswagen on the pace at new Dutch Formula 1 home circuit

Rob Huff had a mixed weekend at the Circuit Zandvoort, plagued by a loss of power on Saturday, but had cause to happy as the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR took a major step forward in terms of pace compared to the previous rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Cup.

Huff's team-mates had a strong qualifying session on Saturday, while an engine problem saw him qualify in just 15th, with his Sébastien Loeb Racing team realising the only solution was to change the engine, which then put him to the back of the grid for the first race of the weekend.

From there, Huff's car was completely changed and he showed great pace in the race, fighting his way up the order from 26th and last, but with the points positions out of the reach at the hard-to-pass track, which will be the newest circuit to host a round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship next year, Huff stopped the car, with the team working to prepare the car for Sunday's action.

Huff then put the car straight into the second part of qualifying on Sunday morning, but in one of the tightest qualifying sessions of the season, he missed out the top ten and the reversed grid pole by a fraction over a tenth of a second, which meant he had to start both races from 12th.

In Race 2, Huff made up one spot in a race where there were fewer than three passes, making his way past Saturday's race winner Thed Bjork at Turn 10 to secure 11th, while in Race 3, he put a move on the Hyundai of Nicky Catsburg to break into the top ten, picking up key points in the championship.

Huff's the best-placed Volkswagen driver in the standards after a third of the season's now complete, and with team-mates Johan Kristoffersson and Benjamin Leuchter picking up podium finishes from the reversed grid second race, the troubles that plagued the start of the season appear to be behind the team, and the world champion is looking forward to the next round at the iconic Nurburgring Nordschleife next month.

Rob Huff said:

"It's been a positive weekend for myself and the team. While in Slovakia, we were able to rescue a result out of nowhere, we now have great pace in the car and that  makes me feel a lot happier about the weekend.

"Unfortunately for me, we just missed out with a bit of bad luck, first with the engine problem on Saturday, and then just missing out on the top ten, which would have turned our weekend around, as we can see from the pace the car has, from pole for Race 2 we most certainly would have won the race, especially since it's almost impossible to pass here.

"I say impossible; I had two great fights with Thed (Bjork) and Nicky (Catsburg) in the races today, and we were able to make up some places and score some good points and keep ourselves in the hunt.

"We've got a month's break before the Nurburgring, which will give us time to reset after a busy few weeks, and then hopefully everything will be back on track and we'll start closing in on some race victories and see if we can get ourselves back into the championship. There's still 680 points to be had, and still seven months until the last round, so there's plenty of time yet."


Qualifying 1 result

1 - Thed Björk - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 1:44.080
2 - Yvan Muller - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 0.073
3 - Andy Priaulx - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 0.116
4 - Yann Ehrlacher - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 0.233
5 - Mikel Azcona - PWR Racing - Cupra TCR - 0.721
15 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 1.097

Race 1 result


1 - Thed Björk - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 12 laps
2 - Yvan Muller - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 0.704
3 - Mikel Azcona - PWR Racing - Cupra TCR - 1.270
4 - Johan Kristoffersson - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 3.062
5 - Andy Priaulx - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 3.631
24- Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - DNF


Qualifying 2 result

1 - Yann Ehrlacher - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 1:44.597
2 - Thed Björk - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 0.059
3 - Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 0.137
4 - Augusto Farfus - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 1.636
5 - Yvan Muller - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - No time
12- Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 0.546

Race 2 result

1 - Esteban Guerrieri - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 1:47.139
2 - Benjamin Leuchter - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 0.263
3 - Johan Kristoffersson - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 0.711
4 - Nicky Catsburg - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 1.659
5 - Mikel Azcona - PWR Racing - Cupra TCR - 2.035
11- Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 8.094

Race 3 result

1 - Thed Björk - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 15 laps
2 - Yann Ehrlacher - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 0.830
3 - Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 2.377
4 - Augusto Farfus - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 2.995
5 - Yvan Muller - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 3.658
10 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 9.840

The next round of the 2019 FIA World Touring Car Cup takes place at the Nurburgring Nordschleife on 20th-22nd June.