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Rob Huff scores key points on difficult weekend in Morocco

07/04/19 Race Results

Rob Huff scores key points on difficult weekend in Morocco

MarrakechMarrakech - 05/04/19 Race 1: 12th Race 2: 19th Race 3: 22nd

Huff the best of the Volkswagens on tough opening weekend

Rob Huff had a difficult start to the 2019 FIA World Touring Car Cup season around the streets of Marrakech.

The British driver picked up two points finishes in Race 1 and 3 over the course of the weekend, which proved a challenge for all four of the Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen drivers, who were struggling for grip throughout the weekend.

Huff was just seven-tenths of a second off the pole time in Saturday's qualifying session, but that meant starting from 16th on the grid for the first race, from which he was able to move up to 12th, well into the points with the points going down to 15th.

In Qualifying 2, Huff's pace was even closer, just six-tenths behind the fastest time from the session, but the pace had picked up and this meant starting from 19th for both of Sunday's races.

An incident at the start of the second race, when he was hit from behind, meant Huff was left to muscle a damaged Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR to the finish in 22nd place, while he was able to make good progress in Race 3 and worked his way up to 15th, picking up the final point in a difficult weekend for the team.


Rob Huff said:

"We struggled in qualifying, but our race pace was quite good though, and starting 19th on a street circuit is never easy. Scoring something with 12th was a good recovery in Race 1.

"In the second race, someone hit me into Turn 7 and damaged the car, but I carried on just in case enough people dropped out and we could pick up some points.

"I had quite a bit of damage on the left rear, and the boys did a great job to repair the car in time for the start of Race 3.

"I made a good start in Race 3, but chose the wrong side into the first corners and went to the outside, and got held out due to some kerfuffle going on the inside. We at least managed to get some points out of the race.

"It’s a disappointing weekend in terms of what we wanted to achieve this weekend, and we’ve certainly got some work to do – but we’ve got our name on the points table so it gives us something to build from."
 


Qualifying 1 result

1 - Esteban Guerrieri - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 1:24.773
2 - Yvan Muller - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 0.239
3 - Thed Björk - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 0.276
4 - Néstor Girolami - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 0.336
5 - Andy Priaulx - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 0.365
16 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 0.761

Race 1 result

1 - Esteban Guerrieri - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 18 laps
2 - Thed Björk - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 0.638
3 - Néstor Girolami - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 2.181
4 - Gabriele Tarquini - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 2.965
5 - Andy Priaulx - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 4.298
12 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 15.439

Qualifying 2 result

1 - Frédéric Vervisch - Comtoyou Racing - Audi RS 3 LMS - 1:24.721
2 - Yvan Muller - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 0.370
3 - Thed Björk - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 0.503
4 - Tiago Monteiro - KCMG - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 0.872
5 - Mikel Azcona - PWR Racing - Cupra TCR - 0.918
19 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 0.643

Race 2 result

1 - Gabriele Tarquini - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 18 laps
2 - Jean-Karl Vernay - WRT - Audi RS 3 LMS - 3.317
3 - Yann Ehrlacher - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 3.991
4 - Esteban Guerrieri - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 4.514
5 - Mikel Azcona - PWR Racing - Cupra TCR - 4.669
22 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 17.440

Race 3 result

1 - Thed Björk - Cyan Racing - Lynk & Co 03 TCR - 23 laps
2 - Frédéric Vervisch - Comtoyou Racing - Audi RS 3 LMS - 0.680
3 - Mikel Azcona - PWR Racing - Cupra TCR - 3.039
4 - Esteban Guerrieri - Münnich Motorsport - Honda Civic Type R FK8 TCR - 6.182
5 - Gabriele Tarquini - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai i30 N TCR - 10.174
15 - Rob Huff - Sébastien Loeb Racing - Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - 22.785

The next round of the 2019 FIA World Touring Car Cup takes place at the Hungaroring near Budapest on 27th-28th April.