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Rob Huff has his strongest weekend and celebrates 300th race

22/05/18 Race Results

Rob Huff has his strongest weekend and celebrates 300th race

ZandvoortZandvoort - 19/05/18 Race 1: 3RD Race 2: 8TH Race 3: 2ND

Championship back on after season's best in The Netherland

The British driver started off well by setting the lap record for the current generation of touring car around the Circuit Zandvoort in The Netherlands on Sunday morning, at the Max Verstappen Jumbo Racedagen weekend which takes place on the Dutch bank holiday.

A long hold at the start meant the Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen driver didn’t have the perfect getaway off the line, and he dropped to third behind the Honda of Yann Ehrlacher and the Peugeot of Aurélien Comte, but kept in touch to score his fourth podium of the season in a monumental race, his 300th World Touring Car race since he joined the WTCC in 2005.

For Monday’s race day, he was unable to replicate Sunday’s pace in qualifying, but his time was good enough the second on the grid in the final race of the day.

In Race 2 with the reversed grid, Huff made up one spot from ninth to eighth, while in Race 3 he finished where he started, adding a fifth podium to his tally this season.

With 48 points scored throughout the weekend, he leaps to third in the drivers’ standings, just 16 points behind new championship leader Yann Ehrlacher, the nephew of his former team-mate and rival Yvan Muller.

Rob Huff said:

“It was a fantastic weekend, and really pleased for the team and to be up to third in the championship.

“I’m really happy with a great weekend with lots of points. That’s all I’m aiming for, I’m not too worried about winning races but to be regularly on and just off the podium and keep scoring points a little off the radar is good.

“It’s been a mega weekend, well done to all the organisers here at Zandvoort, this has been a fantastic event, with so many fans here for the Max Verstappen weekend. The support has been brilliant for us, and I think we put on some great races for them.

“Now, we’re going to nice a little break, as there’s a five week gap to the next race, where we’re going to a street circuit when we go to Vila Real. I always do well on the street tracks, so I’m looking forward to that and I think that track will suit the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR.”
 


Sunday qualifying result

1 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 1:43.945

2 - Yann Ehrlacher - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 0.113
3 - Gordon Shedden - Team WRT - Audi RS 3 LMS - 0.157
4 - Jean-Karl Vernay - Team WRT - Audi RS 3 LMS - 0.307
5 - Benjamin Lessennes - Boutsen Ginion Racing - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 0.395

Sunday race result

1 - Yann Ehrlacher - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 14 laps
2 - Aurélien Comte - DG Sport Compétition - Peugeot 308TCR - 1.217
3 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 1.566
4 - Gordon Shedden - Team WRT - Audi RS 3 LMS - 1.879
5 - Jean-Karl Vernay - Team WRT - Audi RS 3 LMS - 2.440

Monday qualifying result

1 - Jean-Karl Vernay - Team WRT - Audi RS 3 LMS - 1:43.994
2 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 0.459
3 - Gordon Shedden - Team WRT - Audi RS 3 LMS - 0.596
4 - Frédéric Vervisch - Comtoyou Racing - Audi RS 3 LMS - No time
5 - Esteban Guerrieri - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - No time

Monday reversed grid race result

1 - Aurélien Comte - DG Sport Compétition - Peugeot 308TCR - 14 laps
2 - Yann Ehrlacher - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 4.757
3 - James Thompson - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 5.255
4 - Pepe Oriola - Campos Racing - Cupra TCR - 6.657
5 - Mehdi Bennani - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 7.120
8 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 9.198

Monday final race result

1 - Jean-Karl Vernay - Team WRT - Audi RS 3 LMS - 15 laps
2 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 1.199
3 - Frédéric Vervisch - Comtoyou Racing - Audi RS 3 LMS - 3.065
4 - Esteban Guerrieri - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 4.405
5 - Gordon Shedden - Team WRT - Audi RS 3 LMS - 5.019

Championship standings

1 - Yann Ehrlacher - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 146 pts
2 - Yvan Muller - YMR - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 137 pts
3 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 130 pts
4 - Jean-Karl Vernay - Team WRT - Audi RS 3 LMS - 121 pts
5 - Gabriele Tarquini - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 118 pts

The next round of the 2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup takes place at the Vila Real street circuit in Portugal on 23rd-24th June.