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Rob Huff on cloud nine after WTCR win in Hungary

30/04/18 Race Archive 2018

Rob Huff on cloud nine after WTCR win in Hungary

Rob Huff has taken his first win of the season in an exciting, action-packed race at the Hungaroring

Rob Huff had a fantastic weekend at the Hungarian round of the FIA World Touring Car Cup, winning the second race in his Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen GTI TCR and scoring key points towards his championship challenge.

The Briton had a steady first race to finish in fifth position, making a monster start from eighth on the grid in his Golf, and then battled to keep back old foe Gabriele Tarquini’s Hyundai until the end of the race to finish as the best of the Volkswagen-Audi Group cars on the track.

On Sunday, a strategic call in qualifying ensured Huff snared the lucrative reversed grid pole for Race 2 by qualifying tenth on the grid, which was the key to victory, as he held off the Hyundais of Daniel Nagy and Yvan Muller lap after lap to take maximum points in the race.

In Race 3, Huff made good ground at the start, and was just putting a move on fellow British driver James Thompson when the red flags were waved as rain began to fall on the Hungarian circuit.

When the race was restarted, the early momentum was lost, and he was now fighting to hold off last year’s WTCC champion Thed Björk, which he did so successfully to score points in all races and launch himself up to fifth in the drivers’ standings after two of ten race meetings.

Rob Huff said:

“I want to say a huge thanks to the team for all their work this weekend. The one thing we’ve been working on is our starts and trying to get consistency, and we’ve found that.

“I didn’t think a race win was on the cards this weekend, but the team made a great call in qualifying to give me the opportunity and asked me to abort the lap I was on which would have put me up in P6 or P7 and miss the reversed grid pole, which as we know from Marrakech, means you’re effectively stuck there.

“This is the sort of weekend we want to try and have regularly. We’re aiming for a 40-point average each weekend, which is probably a bit high, but we've achieved it. I'm really pleased and now we’re going to get a huge weight break for the next race, which is what’s needed and now we'll be able to take the fight to Hyundai and Honda."
 


Saturday qualifying result

1 - Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 1:52.644
2 - Esteban Guerrieri - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 0.256
3 - Thed Bjork - Yvan Muller Racing - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 0.419
4 - Gabriele Tarquini - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 0.444
5 - Benjamin Lessennes - Boutsen Ginion Racing - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 0.508
9 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 0.957

Saturday race result


1 - Yann Ehrlacher - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 12 Laps
2 - Esteban Guerrieri - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 0.692
3 - Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 5.942
4 - Yvan Muller - Yvan Muller Racing - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 7.920
5 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 9.117

Sunday qualifying result


1 - Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 1:52.365
2 - Gabriele Tarquini - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 0.442
3 - Esteban Guerrieri - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 0.658
4 - Yann Ehrlacher - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 1.001
5 - Benjamin Lessennes - Boutsen Ginion Racing - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - No time
10 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 1.625

Sunday reversed grid race result

1 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 12 laps

2 - Daniel Nagy - M1RA - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 0.562
3 - Yvan Muller - Yvan Muller Racing - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 2.2
4 - Gabriele Tarquini - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 2.659
5 - Esteban Guerrieri - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 3.050

Sunday final race result

1 - Gabriele Tarquini - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 17 laps
2 - Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 0.354
3 - Yvan Muller - Yvan Muller Racing - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 3.691
4 - Yann Ehrlacher - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 4.092
5 - Benjamin Lessennes - Boutsen Ginion Racing - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 7.675
8 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 12.386


The next round of the 2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup takes place at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany on 11th-12th May.