Rob Huff hopeful of points or podiums in WTCC Race of China
Former World Champion, Rob Huff, is optimistic that LADA SPORT ROSNEFT will have the tools to fight for more points and podiums in Rounds 19 and 20 of the 2015 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) on China’s Shanghai International Circuit (25-26 September).
Huff arrives in China off the back of another stellar performance in Japan, where he added to LADA SPORT’s podiums tally with a supreme drive from 13th on the grid to third position over the course of 13 gruelling laps on the Twin Ring Motegi circuit.
The ultra-modern Shanghai International Circuit (SIC) – the home of the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix – hosts the WTCC’s Race of China for the fourth consecutive season.
Its long and technical layout, dominated by a 1170m straight, is full of contrasts and contradictions, as long acceleration zones that demand efficient aerodynamics and high top-speed capabilities link mid-speed corners, which require downforce and stability.
Consequently, the Chinese track is a stern challenge for drivers and engineers alike, as it’s difficult to find a suitable compromise with setup to ensure a car is strong in each and every sector of the 5.45km lap.
The Vesta, which replaced the Granta as LADA SPORT’s WTCC challenger in 2015, has been subjected to an intensive pre and in-season development programme that’s designed to optimise its chassis, aerodynamics and its 380bhp ORECA-built engine and transform the car into a regular race winner and title contender.
As a result, the Vesta boasts higher top-speed capabilities, quicker acceleration and greater manoeuvrability compared to its predecessor and Huff is hopeful that the SIC won’t be a bogie track for LADA SPORT, as it was in 2014.
“After the success of Japan I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of my LADA Vesta at the Shanghai International Circuit. The Formula 1 track is all about power and aerodynamics with its long straights, so I hope we will be better placed than with the LADA Granta last year. I have a lot of friends in China and know a lot of the local racers, and I always look forward to this weekend.”
The FIA World Touring Car Championship Rosneft Race of China will be broadcast LIVE on Eurosport on Sunday 27 Sep at 8.30 and 9.30 (CET), as well as via a live stream on the official www.fiawtcc.com website.