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Rob Huff hails "one of my greatest drives" in Nürburgring thriller

14/05/18 Race Results

Rob Huff hails "one of my greatest drives" in Nürburgring thriller

Nurburgring NordschleifeNurburgring Nordschleife - 10/05/18 Race 1: 3RD Race 2: DNF Race 3: DNF

Rob Huff scored a sensational podium result at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife

Huff’s week at the Nürburgring got off to a great start, as the Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen driver found himself in a four-car fight for victory for the first race again three other world class drivers, Thed Björk, Norbert Michelisz and Yvan Muller.

Huff would battle lap after lap to hold off Michelisz’s Hyundai, all the while keeping in touch with the leading pair of Yvan Muller and Thed Björk.

Huff would cross the line after the gruelling 75km race around the Nordschleife less than a second behind Muller, and half a second clear of Michelisz at the end of a relentless battle.

Things were looking up for Saturday’s two races, but after being blocked in qualifying, Huff was only able to qualify in seventh, but that put in him in a good position for the reversed top ten grid second race.

A great start saw him quickly up to third and in contention for victory, before he was knocked into a spin by DTM champion René Rast on the first lap, sustaining heavy damage and the team were tasked with repairing the car for Race 3.

Huff had another good start and had worked his way up to fourth before the car began to lose power, but things were about to get worse after he was then collected by Michelisz, who punted him into the wall and out of the race.


Rob Huff said:

“I had to use my years of experience of positioning the car to make sure Norbi couldn’t pass and also give me a chance on the last straight. It’s all about trust, I’ve been racing with Yvan here for ten years, I’ve had some great races with Thed and he’s the world champion, and Norbi is the only non-world champion who really deserves to be one and it was really fantastic racing. 

“We got baulked a little bit in qualifying; I think we could have been P3 on the grid, so to get what I felt we deserved back is really good.

“On Saturday, the car was perfect. The first lap of the race, I got a good start against René Rast, but then I’m not sure what happened into Turn 5. I went in, I was being a bit cautious of the two guys in front as they were side-by-side and I got a huge hit from Rast; and it was a huge hit as it broke a lot of bits on the car.

“The guys did an amazing job to fix the car for me, and then at the beginning of lap three in the final race I just lost power. After that I had a Hyundai harpoon me in the passenger side. I left (Michelisz) room, so I don’t really know what to say. The last person I want to hinder is him, but all he had to do was accelerate up the hill away from me.

“I’m sorry for the boys as the car’s a mess, and they’ve got just a week to get it ready for the next race at Zandvoort.”


WTCR Race of Germany

Saturday qualifying result

1 - Thed Bjork - Yvan Muller Racing - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 8:58.700
2 - Yvan Muller - Yvan Muller Racing - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 0.079
3 - Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 0.365
4 - Esteban Guerrieri - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 0.954
5 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 1.209

Saturday race result

1 - Yvan Muller - Yvan Muller Racing - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 3 laps
2 - Thed Bjork - Yvan Muller Racing - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 0.331
3 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 0.853
4 - Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 1.288
5 - Jean-Karl Vernay - Team WRT - Audi RS 3 LMS - 8.112

Sunday qualifying result

1 - Thed Bjork - Yvan Muller Racing - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 8:55.085
2 - Frédéric Vervisch - Comtoyou Racing - Audi RS 3 LMS - 1.040
3 - Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 1.449
4 - Yvan Muller - Yvan Muller Racing - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 1.654
5 - Yann Ehrlacher - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 1.665
7 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 3.561

Sunday reversed grid race result

1 - Esteban Guerrieri - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 3 laps
2 - Pepe Oriola - Campos Racing - Cupra TCR - 1.148
3 - Frédéric Vervisch - Comtoyou Racing - Audi RS 3 LMS - 2.988
4 - Yvan Muller - Yvan Muller Racing - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 3.787
5 - Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 4.088
X - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - DNF

Sunday final race result

1 - Thed Bjork - Yvan Muller Racing - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 3 laps
2 - Frédéric Vervisch - Comtoyou Racing - Audi RS 3 LMS - 0.793
3 - Yvan Muller - Yvan Muller Racing - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 8.947
4 - Benjamin Lessennes - Boutsen Ginion Racing - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 13.088
5 - Nathanaël Berthon - Comtoyou Racing - Audi RS 3 LMS - 15.900
X - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - DNF

The next round of the 2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup takes place at the Circuit Zandvoort in the Netherlands on 20th-21st May (Sunday-Monday).