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New records for Rob Huff at Macau finale

23/11/18 Race Results

New records for Rob Huff at Macau finale

MacauMacau - 15/11/18 Race 1: 3rd Race 2: DNF Race 3: 2nd

Rob Huff takes two poles and podiums and new records at Macau

Rob Huff had a successful weekend at the finale of the 2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup season at the Guia Race of Macau, breaking his own lap records in a TCR-specification car around the famous 6.1km circuit in the Special Administrative Region of China.

The record fell in the second practice session, with Huff, now driving a re-liveried Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, going on to take both pole positions for the two races.

The British driver was unable to hold back former championship rival Yvan Muller at the start of the first race however, as the Frenchman benefitted from a slipstream from the Audi of Jean-Karl Vernay behind, who went on to pass both drivers and win the race, but Huff scored key points with the final spot on the podium.

Huff was involved in early drama at the start of the reversed grid second race with a pile up at the famous Lisboa corner, and pitted with front-end damage to his car, but took up pole position for Race 3.

The fast-starting Honda of Esteban Guerrieri snuck ahead into Turn 1, and from then-on, the race turned into one epic encounter, with Huff trying to pass the Argentinian at all the passing places, and all the not-passing places, with the two drivers almost exhausted at the end of the 13-lap race.

The pressure seemed to be working, and Guerrieri's pace was starting to fade, but a chance of victory was taken away when a back marker crashed with two laps to go and the race finished behind the safety car.

Huff's second place helped move him up to joint-seventh in the championship standings, just 64 points behind the newly crowned champion Gabriele Tarquini.

The 38-year-old will return with Volkswagen Motorsport Customer Racing for the 2019 FIA World Touring Car Cup season, with the British driver aiming to be back with the Sébastien Loeb Racing team.

Rob Huff said:

"We've had a great weekend, we've set some more lap records and scored a double podium. I really enjoyed that last race, I was nibbling at Guerrieri’s bumper the whole time, and tried to pass in places I’ve never tried before to keep applying the pressure.

"During the last two laps I really started to put some big pressure on him, as I could see he was losing his tyres, and we were then able to stay closer on the straights as well, and then I thought we had a chance, but then of course the safety car came out, which was a little frustrating.
 
"In the end, it’s a privilege to be here at Macau. You’ve got so many drivers from all over the planet. All drivers come from different walks of life, and yet we get to sit in the Macau press conference having sprayed some champagne, won a trophy, and we make a living out of it, and that is something to be disappointed about.

"It would have been great to have achieved a tenth victory here,, but I think with my speed this weekend, I’ve definitely not lost the King of Macau title if you like, as we’ve been the person to beat all weekend, we’ve just not achieved the starts we needed.

"I’m back in WTCR next year, and I will certainly driving a Volkswagen in the WTCR and I hope it’s for Sébastien Loeb Racing, I’ve really enjoyed working with them, they’re a hugely professional team and have done me proud this year. I really feel like part of the team, and long may it continue."
 


Qualifying 1 result

1 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 2:29.040
2 - Esteban Guerrieri - Munnich Motorsport Honda Civic TCR - +0.479
3 - Yvan Muller - YMR Hyundai i30 N TCR - +0.591
4 - Yann Ehrlacher - Munnich Motorsport Honda Civic TCR - +0.920
5 - Jean-Karl Vernay - WRT Audi RS 3 LMS - +0.997

Qualifying 2 result

1 -Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb RacingVolkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 2:29.660
2 - Esteban Guerrieri - Munnich Motorsport Honda Civic TCR - +0.374
3 - Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR - +0.558
4 - Jean-Karl Vernay - WRT Audi RS 3 LMS - +0.563
5 - Yann Ehrlacher - Munnich Motorsport Honda Civic TCR - +1.009

Race 1 result

1 - Jean-Karl Vernay - WRT Audi RS 3 LMS - 10 laps
2 - Yvan Muller - YMR Hyundai i30 N TCR - +0.516
3 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - +0.881
4 - Gabriele Tarquini - BRC Hyundai i30 N TCR - +6.523
5 - Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR - +8.488

Race 2 result

1 - Frédéric Vervisch - Comtoyou Racing Audi RS 3 LMS - 8 laps
2 - Timo Scheider - Munnich Motorsport Honda Civic TCR - +1.713
3 - Yvan Muller - YMR Hyundai i30 N TCR - +2.132
4 - Kevin Ceccon - Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR - +5.608
5 - Esteban Guerrieri - Munnich Motorsport Honda Civic TCR - +6.422
24 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - DNF

Race 3 result

1 - Esteban Guerrieri - Munnich Motorsport Honda Civic TCR - 13 laps
2 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - +2.368
3 - Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR - +3.354
4 - Yvan Muller - YMR Hyundai i30 N TCR - +4.488
5 - Yann Ehrlacher - Munnich Motorsport Honda Civic TCR - +5.367