Rob Huff rules at Wuhan and takes away the championship lead

13/11/17 News

Rob Huff rules at Wuhan and takes away the championship lead

Street master Rob Huff had a fantastic weekend at the latest round of the 2017 China Touring Car Championship at Wuhan, and goes to the final race of the season with the lead of the championship after pole position, a victory and another podium in China’s top tin-top series.

The Cambridge-based driver’s weekend started perfectly with his third pole position in a row in the SAIC VW333 Racing Lamando GTS.

Huff led throughout the whole of the first 19-lap race, taking his third win in this year’s championship, a series in which he’s only permitted to participate in half of the events due to the rules regarding non-Chinese drivers.

As always, the hard work was in the second race, with the CTCC reversing the top 12 of the finishing order of Race 1, which put Huff deep in the mid-field.

The Brit had a good start and managed to avoid all of the opening lap drama to be up to seventh by the end of lap one, before slowly picking his way forward to second position by lap five, going on finish as part of a Volkswagen 1-2 behind team-mate and reigning champion Zheng Zhen Dong.

Despite only competing in three of the championship’s seven events this year, Huff now leads the championship on 116 points, 6.5 ahead of Ford’s Martin Cao.

Next week for Rob Huff is the FIA World Touring Car Championship at the most famous Chinese street race of all, the Guia Race of Macau, where he’s chasing a record-breaking ninth victory.

Then he returns to mainland China for the CTCC season finale at Shanghai, where he could become the first non-Chinese driver to win the drivers’ title.

Rob Huff said:

“It’s been a perfect weekend. The car’s been fantastic and I’d like to thank the guys for doing such a great job.

“It was much closer in qualifying this time as some of our rivals have lost some weight, but we still made it, and was able to have a good run to victory in the first race.

“Race 2 was pretty busy, but Zheng and I worked our way through to give the team another great result.

“I didn’t expect to be leading the championship having done less than half a season, but it’s a great feeling and shows what such a good job the boys have done with the car in the last few races.

“All four of us go to Shanghai with a chance of winning the championship, which will be very exciting, and also great odds for the Shanghai 333 Racing Volkswagen team at their home race.”

CTCC Wuhan Race 1 result

1. Rob Huff – Volkswagen – 19 laps

2. Leo Yi Hong Li – Kia – +4.561
3. Rodolfa Avila – Volkswagen – +15.996
4. Martin Cao – Ford – +16.511
5. Rainey He – Ford – +18.119
6. Juan Carlos Zhu – Senova – +24.459
7. David Zhu – Senova – +32.638
8. Zheng Zhen Dong – Volkswagen – +43.194
9. Jason Zhang – Kia – +43.491
10. He Zi Xian – Haima – +1:14.666

CTCC Wuhan Race 2 result

1. Zheng Zhen Dong – Volkswagen – 18 laps
2. Rob Huff – Vokswagen – +4.726
3. Darryl O’Young – Senova – +19.684
4. Andy Yan – Ford – +19.739
5. Jiang Tengyi – Volkswagen – +20.402
6. Martin Xie – Kia – +25.635
7. Rainey He – Ford – +40.415
8. Zhang Da Sheng – Ford – +40.879
9. Huang Gui Hua – Haima – +47.252
10. Jason Zhang – Kia – +1:02.192

CTCC championship standings

1. Rob Huff – Volkswagen – 116 pts
2. Martin Cao – Ford – 109.5
3. David Zhu – Senova – 108
4. Jiang Tengyi – Volkswagen – 105
5. Zheng Zhen Dong – Volkswagen – 98.5
6. Rodolfo Avila – Volkswagen – 97
7. Juan Carlos Zhu – Senova – 88
8. Rainey He – Ford – 85
9. Jason Zhang – Kia – 83
10. Andy Yan – Ford – 78