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Rob Huff just misses out on victory in Macau

18/11/19 Race Results

Rob Huff just misses out on victory in Macau

MacauMacau - 14/11/19 Race 1: 4th Race 2: 14th Race 3: 2nd

Pole and a new lap record, but win #10 will have to wait

Rob Huff broke his qualifying lap record from 2018 at the 2019 Guia Race of Macau, part of the penultimate round of this year's FIA World Touring Car Cup, but was unable to convert that pole position into a victory, and had to settle for second for the second year in a row.

In the first qualifying session on Friday morning, despite topping practice, Huff only qualified seventh for the first race, but a broken damper was soon discovered to be the cause of the loss of pace, and after this was repaired, Huff was back to his true Macau form, and was untouchable in qualifying, especially in the tricky, uphill section, where he's always excelled.

Huff topped Q1 and Q2, setting a new lap record of 2:27.963 in the second session, over a second faster than his own record from last year, and then produced a time of 2:28.538 in the one-lap shootout to secure his ninth pole position at the Circuito da Guia.

Strong pace in Race 1, as Huff drives through to fourth

In the first race, from seventh on the grid, Huff quickly worked his way past Thed Bjork's Lynk & Co 03 TCR, and then benefitted from some team tactics as Bjork's team-mate Yann Ehrlacher dropped back in the early stages, as well as the other car of Andy Priaulx on the final lap, which elevated Huff to fourth at the finish.

In Race 2 on Sunday morning, with Race 3 the sole focus, Huff avoided trouble and dropped to 14th on the grid, as getting caught up in an accident at Macau usually ends your weekend, with two cars withdrawn due to damage before the racing even started.

At 11:00 local time, the third race started, with Huff starting ahead of the Lynk & Co of three-time champion Andy Priaulx on the grid.

A slightly slow getaway saw Priaulx lead into Turn 1, and after that, the race was on - as Huff's Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Motorsport Golf GTI TCR hounded the Cyan Racing driver lap after lap, but to no avail.

It was doubly difficult as the Audi of Huff's former team-mate Jean-Karl Vernay was right behind ready to pounce, with Huff having to make sure he kept his rear guard up as he tried to find away past Priaulx's 03 TCR.

Ultimately, at the end of 11 laps, Huff crossed the line in second place. Another podium finish for the season, and another podium at Macau,  but not the fairytale victory that some hoped for from 'The King Of Macau', with Huff having to wait at least another year to add another title.

Rob Huff said:

“I just overloaded the clutch at the start. It’s a problem I’ve experienced quite a lot with this car, it’s a little more me than the car, so unfortunately we’ll have to wait a bit longer for number ten.

“We knew we had a quick car here, but we also knew the start around here is all-important. Even if we got the start, I wasn’t confident we’d have been be able to keep these guys behind. I needed the slipstream from Andy (Priaulx) just to keep ahead of the Audi of JK (Vernay). I’m disappointed, but it’s not the first time I’ve been a bridesmaid at Macau.

“Andy never put a foot wrong, he drove absolutely superbly. Macau’s a place which you really can’t describe – to just survive this race is something, and to get on the podium, or to win is something very special.”
 


Qualifying 1 result

1 - Yvan Muller - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 2:28.661
2 - Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 0.068
3 - Andy Priaulx - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 0.145
4 - Kevin Ceccon - Team Mulsanne - Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce - 0.185
5 - Yann Ehrlacher - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 0.281
7 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 0.790


Qualifying 2 result

1 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 2:28.538
2 - Andy Priaulx - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 0.206
3 - Jean-Karl Vernay - WRT - Audi RS 3 LMS - 0.798
4 - Nicky Catsburg - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 0.993
5 - Johan Kristoffersson - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 2.831

Race 1 result

1 - Yvan Muller - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 8 laps
2 - Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 0.405
3 - Kevin Ceccon - Team Mulsanne - Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce - 1.544
4 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 2.153
5 - Thed Björk - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 2.882


Race 2 result

1 - Yvan Muller - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 8 laps
2 - Thed Björk - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 0.455
3 - Kevin Ceccon - Team Mulsanne - Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce - 0.932
4 - Esteban Guerrieri - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK7 TCR - 1.896
5 - Johan Kristoffersson - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 5.305
14 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 13.925

Race 3 result

1 - Andy Priaulx - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 11 laps
2 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 0.352
3 - Jean-Karl Vernay - WRT - Audi RS 3 LMS - 1.193
4 - Johan Kristoffersson - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 1.855
5 - Nicky Catsburg - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 20.03


The final round of the 2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup takes place at the Sepang International Circuit in Malasyia on December 13th-15th.