Rob Huff hopes to carry podium winning momentum into Slovakia
The FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) rolls into Slovakia for its sixth instalment and Britain’s Rob Huff will be hoping to stand on the winners’ rostrum once again in his LADA SPORT ROSNEFT Vesta TC1 (20-21 June).
Displaying why he is a holder of two coveted British Racing Drivers Club Gold Stars, Huff produced an accomplished drive to a fourth place finish at LADA SPORT ROSNEFT’s home race, Moscow Raceway, before rewarding the team’s relentless hard work and unwavering dedication with a thoroughly deserved runner-up finish in the weekend’s second race.
Spraying the victory champagne for the first time this season was made even more special by being in front of the Russian team’s home crowd, which lined the Moscow circuit in their droves, dressed head-to-toe in LADA’s yellow and gold colours.
But with focus now shifting to the WTCC’s Race of Slovakia, Huff has hopes of carrying that podium-winning momentum forward to the Slovakia Ring this weekend, while quietly confident that hopeful that his LADA Sport Vesta TC1 will possess the performance necessary to challenge for overall victories.
Huff, a resident of Newmarket, stood atop of the winners’ rostrum en route to his first World Championship title in 2012. Last year’s event made history when heavy rain forced the first race to be red-flagged and the second cancelled on safety grounds – the first time a WTCC event had fallen foul of the elements.
Built in 2009, the Slovakia Ring is approximately 30km away from Bratislava Airport and encompasses a mixture of fast flowing corners and long straights that will a true performance test for the LADA Vesta TC1.
Hoping to taste the victory champagne for a second time, Huffy said: “Hopefully we can build on our Moscow performance, as it showed that the LADA SPORT ROSNEFT Vesta TC1 is developing as we had hoped. The car felt great all weekend in Russia and was particularly good on the low-grip surface of the Moscow Raceway, which is also a characteristic of the Slovakia Ring, so I expect to compete towards the sharp end once again. Along with my two Dutch teammates, Nick Catsburg and Jaap van Lagen, we are hoping to once again put on a good show.”
Qualifying for Round 6 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at the Slovakia Ring is scheduled for 15.00 local time on Saturday (20 June), with the two headlining races the following day (Sunday 21 June) at 12.45 and 14.00 respectively. Each session will be aired live on Eurosport.