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Rob Huff jumps back to the front with victory in Japan

29/10/18 Race Results

Rob Huff jumps back to the front with victory in Japan

SuzukaSuzuka - 27/10/18 Race 1: DNF Race 2: 1st Race 3: 6th

Huff scores key victory around the famous Suzuka F1 circuit

Rob Huff took his best result in six months during the FIA World Touring Car Cup race weekend at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan, scoring victory in the second race.

Huff qualified a problematic 15th for the first race in his Sébastien Loeb Racing-run Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, while some fast work with his French team’s experienced engineers turned the car around for the second qualifying session where he was immediately at the top of the time sheets.

The British driver would place ninth after a mistake on his second run, but that gave him second on the grid for the reversed grid second race of the weekend, which he was able to turn to his advantage, launching past the Cupra TCR of Pepe Oriola and going on to take the win.

In the third race, Huff had to fight hard as part of a fierce battle between some tough championship chargers, including top Argentinian Esteban Guerrieri, Hungarian star Norbert Michelisz and Huff’s old team-mate and title rival Yvan Muller.

Huff would eventually get past all of them to secure sixth in the final race, but as a result of the battle, lost touch with the leading pack.

The development work on set-up has put Huff in good stead, going to the season finale Guia Race of Macau next month, where he aims to add to his record tally of nine victories around the Macanese street circuit.

Rob Huff said:

“We've struggled with some really rotten luck in the last four weekends, where I've not been where I wanted.

“It started with the crash in Portugal, but it’s been great to come here to a circuit I know and love and have had podiums before and win.

“We thought we had a good balance in the car in practice, but it transformed when we put new tyres on but not in a good way. I spent a lot of time with my engineers trying to see what I could do, and then in the second qualifying session we were immediately up to P4, we’d instantly gained eight-tenths of a second.

“The car was better, more stable, and then we got to Q2, but with this length of circuit you only get one lap in that, and I made a mistake at the hairpin and went a little bit wide, which put us in P9 but gave us second place for the reversed grid Race 2.

“We really nailed out start and that was thanks to my engineers and all of us working and getting a better understanding of how to use the car at the start.

“After that, it was just a case of getting my head down and making a couple of good laps and looking after the tyres.

“In Race 3, I also made a good start, I made three places by Turn 1 but there was a kerfuffle at front and I backed out and lost a few places there.

“The car was very quick and I think we had the pace to stay with the front guys and get really involved, but we were stuck behind Esteban Guerrieri and Yvan Muller, but I eventually managed to get past them and pull away.

“I'm very happy to come away with the 35 points we scored this weekend, and I think we learned a lot about the car this weekend which can help us certainly in the future and next year as well.”
 


FIA World Touring Car Cup – Race of Japan

Qualifying 1 result

1 - Aurélien Comte - DG Sport Compétition - Peugeot 308TCR - 2:11.536
2 - Kevin Ceccon - Team Mulsanne - Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR - 0.107
3 - Esteban Guerrieri - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 0.172
4 - Yann Ehrlacher - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 0.336
5 - Gabriele Tarquini - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 0.573
15 - Rob Huff - 23 – Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 1.017

Race 1 result

1 - Kevin Ceccon - Team Mulsanne - Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR - 11 laps
2 - Aurélien Comte - DG Sport Compétition - Peugeot 308TCR - 0.728
3 - Yvan Muller - Yvan Muller Racing - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 1.319
4 - Esteban Guerrieri - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 1.759
5 - Mehdi Bennani - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 2.157
23 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - DNF

Qualifying 2 result
1 - Kevin Ceccon - Team Mulsanne - Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR - 2:10.742
2 - Gabriele Tarquini - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 0.699
3 - Aurélien Comte - DG Sport Compétition - Peugeot 308TCR - 0.893
4 - Yann Ehrlacher - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 1.004
5 - Mehdi Bennani - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 2.866
9 -Rob Huff - 23 – Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 

Race 2 result
1 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 10 laps

2 - Pepe Oriola - Campos Racing - Cupra TCR - 1.444
3 - Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 1.938
4 - Aurélien Panis - Comtoyou Racing - Audi RS 3 LMS - 7.685
5 - Gabriele Tarquini - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 8.984

Race 3 result
1 - Gabriele Tarquini - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 11 laps
2 - Aurélien Comte - DG Sport Compétition - Peugeot 308TCR - 1.577
3 - Kevin Ceccon - Team Mulsanne - Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR - 2.024
4 - Mehdi Bennani - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 3.140
5 - Aurélien Panis - Comtoyou Racing - Audi RS 3 LMS - 3.674
6 -Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 13.728


The next round of the 2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup takes place at the Macau Grand Prix on November 15th-18th