Paul Ricard beckons for Huff and LADA Sport LUKOIL

17/04/14 Race Preview

Paul Ricard beckons for Huff and LADA Sport LUKOIL

LADA Sport LUKOIL driver Rob Huff heads to Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France for Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2014 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).

The famous former French Grand Prix venue has undergone a facelift in recent times but still poses a considerable challenge to drivers, while boasting one of motorsport’s longest straights, the Mistral Straight.

Perhaps the biggest challenge for ‘Huffy’ will be bridging the gap to LADA Sport LUKOIL’s chief rivals, the Citroën Total WTCC team.

The French manufacturer outfit used Paul Ricard extensively to develop its all-new Citroën C-Elysée WTCC challenger during an intensive pre-season testing programme, while a lack of development time for the LADA Granta Sport TC1 is likely to make its first visit to the circuit an uphill struggle.

That said, Huff has much to be encouraged about following an impressive performance by LADA Sport LUKOIL in the first round of the 2014 season in Marrakesh, Morocco, the team grabbing a best-equalling fifth place in Round 2 and showing signs of pace while battling new-car teething troubles.

Huff, now in his tenth consecutive WTCC season, said: "I think underneath all the problems we may just have a decent car here. The balance and power seems strong and we appear to be capable of mixing it with the Hondas and the Chevrolets when the car is running so, with some development and reliability, we should achieve some good results, if not here in France, later in the season. One thing is certain – the team and I will be going flat out to do the best job we can and I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel to continue the good work we have done so far."

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