Reigning Champion Huff hopeful of podium finishes in Hungarian WTCC encounter
Reigning Champion, Rob Huff, believes he can tackle the established frontrunners for podiums when the 2013 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) resumes in Hungary (4-5 May).
Situated 20km North east of the Hungarian capital, Budapest, the spectacular Hungaroring plays host to Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2013 WTCC season.
The undulating venue acts as a natural amphitheatre for the 50,000-plus partisan spectators, who flock to the circuit in their droves in support of home hero Norbert Michelisz year after year.
A unique and vibrant atmosphere combined with a circuit configuration that promotes door handle-to-door handle racing, makes the Hungarian weekend a tantalising prospect for Huff.
The reigning WTCC Champion has had a character-building start to his title defence, but challenged for the podium places last time out in Slovakia.
He emerged from a sensational race-long battle with old sparring partners Yvan Muller and Gabriele Tarquini in a respectable fourth place and feels he finally has the tools to consistently compete with the established frontrunners.
The Newmarket-based racer says achieving race victories at such an early stage of the season would be like winning a billion HUFs – the name for Hungary’s national currency, the Hungarian Forint – for his ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport team, but reckons a spot on the podium is more realistic.
“I think my ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport team turned a corner with the SEAT Leon in Slovakia, as I really felt at home in the car for the first time this season,” said Huff.
“I was slightly disappointed to miss out on the podium last weekend, but feel I have a great shot in Hungary. All I need is a clear run at the Chevrolets and Hondas and I think we’ll be in the running for a place on the winners’ rostrum.
He added: “Of course, race wins would be mega, although I think we have a more realistic chance of finishing in the top three. But whatever happens, you can guarantee that both the atmosphere and the racing will be electric!”
Coverage of this weekend’s WTCC action from the Hungaroring will be beamed live across the globe on Eurosport. A re-run of qualifying will be broadcast from 7.30 on Sunday 5 May, with Rounds 5 and 6 later that same day from 11.15 and 13.15 respectively.
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